BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Proposition 1 ballot initiative that would have allowed instant horse racing gambling machines fails in Idaho, the AP reports.
So far, 308,249 residents voted to reject the proposal with 54.2 percent of the votes compared to 260,571 in favor (45.8 percent).
The initiative, if passed, would have allowed historical horse racing machines at places that have a minimum of eight days of live horse racing. Backers, who have spent more than $3 million in advertising, say the machines will save live horse racing in the state.
Opponents say the devices are the equivalent of slot machines.
More than $3 million has been spent to defeat the measure, mainly by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, which has a casino in Worley with slot machines that could face competition.