Kanawha Legislators Mostly Quiet on Table Games

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Legislators from Kanawha County so far haven't been quite as vocal as their colleagues in other counties when it comes to table games.

Lawmakers in the Northern Panhandle and Jefferson County were at the forefront of both support and opposition to table games there, but the response in Kanawha County has been mostly quiet.

Only two Kanawha County lawmakers -- Republicans Patrick Lane and Tim Armstead -- have extensively campaigned on the issue. They're both opposed to bringing the games to Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center in Nitro.

Others have said they'll 'quietly' support it, while many haven't made up their minds or simply refuse to comment.

Ropert Rupp is a political scientist at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He says Kanawha County lawmakers may be nervous about taking such a public stand on a hot topic.

With most observers saying the vote is too close to call, Rupp says legislators are likely playing it safe.

Voters in Hancock and Ohio counties approved table games for their tracks during June elections while Jefferson County voters rejected them. Kanawha County's referendum is set for August Eleventh.

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