Table Games Vote Too Close to Call in Kanawha County

By Scott Finn 

Kanawha County voters appear to have approved table games yesterday by the narrowest of margins – thirty-three votes out of more than 45,000 cast. If the results hold, Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center in Nitro would join Wheeling Island and Mountaineer racetracks in the northern panhandle in offering poker, blackjack and other table games. 

But there are hundreds of votes still not counted, so the election is far from over. We won’t know for sure who won this election until Friday, when the Kanawha County Commission canvasses the vote. They’ll do a recount of a few randomly-selected precincts, and they’ll decide which provisional ballots to count. 

Then, either side can ask for a re-count, which is likely. And there’s always the possibility of a lawsuit. So it’s possible that we won’t know the result of Saturday’s election for a long time to come.

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