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Pro-Gambling Vote Overturned in Recount

April 23, 1988

RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) _ A measure to build a gambling hall that initially was approved by two votes lost out in a recount, but proponents said they would go to court to have a judge review the ballots.

A recount Friday gave the proposal a 755-755 time, meaning that it was defeated, said town clerk Ann Reneke.

The proposal would have established a card room with as many as 60 tables, a restaurant and cocktail lounge in this financially strapped river town.

’It’s been a very long, stressful time for all of us,″ Reneke said.

Backers of the multimillion-dollar plan said they planned to go into Solano County Superior Court to ask a judge to review the ballots.

″We will persist,″ said Monte McFall, a proponent of the plan. ″Three of our votes were not counted. If one of those votes is counted, we will win.″

The proposal was defeated by voters last November by 30 votes. In both campaigns, opponents were led by local church leaders.

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