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Recount Confirms Defeat Of Mass. Casino Proposal

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PALMER, Mass. (AP) — A recount has confirmed the defeat of Mohegan Sun’s bid for a resort casino in the town of Palmer.

The recount conducted at the town library on Tuesday showed the proposal coming up short by 94 votes out of about 5,200 cast in the Nov. 5 referendum. The original count showed a 93-vote difference.

Casino supporters had acknowledged prior to the recount that there was little hope of reversing the margin.

Mohegan Sun had already announced that it planned to seek “non-gaming” development on the 152-acre site that it leased in Palmer.

The company is also among those discussing a possible partnership with Suffolk Down which has a revised casino proposal in Revere.

MGM Resort International’s proposed facility in Springfield is now the only one still in contention for the sole western Massachusetts resort casino license.

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