Table Games vote results in Kanawha County, WV

By Scott Finn  

The supporters of table games are breathing a little easier in Kanawha County. A canvass of votes Friday led to a greatly expanded lead for them — from just 33 votes on election night to 343 votes today. The final tally was 23,192 for table games; 22,849 against. That’s still a margin of less than one percent of the vote.  

The Kanawha County Commission conducted the canvass, which counted more than 500 early votes that were discovered after election night. They still have more than 600 challenged ballots to count as of noon Friday.  

“It’s so close, even at the end where we’re right now, it’s still remarkable close with 45,000 votes cast,” said Dan Adkins of Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center. “I think at this point we’re not going to have clarity today, but we’re going to feel better about the yes side.”  

Adkins said his business plans to move ahead with training table games workers and breaking ground on a planned $250 million resort.  But the anti-gambling side isn’t giving up yet. They might ask for a recount. They have money set aside to pay for it, if necessary.

Reverend Dennis Sparks of the West Virginia Council of Churches says the racetracks should pay for a recount, but Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper says he’ll oppose that request. 

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