Both sides of the table games issue in Kanawha County believe Saturday's election will be a close one.
The 14 days of early voting ends Wednesday. Church groups and
other gambling foes believe they had gained an edge during the
early balloting. But that may have changed Thursday, when more than eleven hundred people cast early votes. That's the largest one-day turnout so far. Young business professionals, labor groups and other racetrack supporters all targeted Thursday as a day to vote.
The pro-table games forces have also conducted extensive polling
on the table games question. They believe the number of undecideds
has grown in recent weeks, and in their favor. They say their polling shows that voters who were opposed to table games are being swayed by arguments that they will bring jobs. The track is also pointing out that a future vote can outlaw table games if they don't work out.