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November 5, 2008

AUGUSTA, Maine - Voters rejected an initiative to allow the $184 million casino-resort in Oxford Highlands. This was the third time since 2003 voters have opposed casino ballot measures. The margin this time was 55-45.

Gov. John Baldacci said he hopes the latest vote "would slow the numbers of these types of proposals in this state. That being said, if people decide to go through the process of gathering signatures and launching a campaign for a racino or a casino, that is their right."

That could be the next step for the Passamaquoddy Tribe according to William Nicholas, governor of tribe's Indian Township government. "We have not given up on a casino or racino gaming as part of our economic development package," he said. "We're not going to give up."

The Passamaquoddy played no part in the Oxford casino campaign, and 87 percent of voters in Indian Township voted against the Oxford project.

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