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Grange proponents give up on campaign

 Posted: 3:25 PM October 16, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. — The developers who were asking voters to approve Oregon's first privately owned casino gave up on their campaign Tuesday, saying there wasn't enough support from voters.

Two Canadian companies have spent millions on television commercials promoting a proposal they've dubbed "The Grange," which would include a casino, hotel and water park east of Portland.

Measures 82 and 83, which would amend the Oregon constitution to allow a casino in Wood Village, will still appear on the ballot, but the proponents say they won't spend any more money to promote them.

"In the last few weeks it appears to the campaign team that not enough Oregon voters are ready to add a private casino to the state's gaming options," the proponents said in a statement.

The developers said they're still committed to building the project if the measures pass and they'll "continue to hope for the best on election day."

Opponents of the project said they'll continue their campaign to ensure the ballot measures don't pass.

"It's clear that the proponents' misleading ads attempting (to) convince voters to fundamentally alter how gambling is managed in Oregon have not connected with voters," said Cynara Lilly, a spokeswoman for the campaign advocating votes against the ballot measures.

The opposition campaign is paid for primarily by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, which runs Spirit Mountain Casino southwest of Portland.


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