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Casino Presence Felt at Springfield Polling Locations


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Voter turnout on Tuesday for the special election for U.S. Senate was described as light.

Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola is predicting a 10 to 15 percent voter turnout.

Most people are staying home, but those who battled the heat to vote, are voting with a purpose.

“A lot of guys have died or been wounded seriously fighting so we would have this privilege to vote and pick the people we want to represent us,” says Austin Kenefick.

Besides the election for the senate seat, MGM Resorts International is making its presence felt in Springfield for the big casino vote next month.

“We wanted to have a mobile campaign office today having a chance to engage with voters coming out for the special election,” says Michael Mathis, Vice President of Global Gaming Development for MGM Resorts International.

MGM is getting its message out in advance of the July 16th casino vote in Springfield.

Most voters we spoke with say they will vote for the casino.

“Jobs, health insurance, people working and if they’re working they’re happier,” says George Daley.

Ann Shields agrees,”I’m absolutely for the casino. It’s a great opportunity for the city of Springfield,” says Shields.

But not everyone is jumping on the MGM bandwagon. “I just hate to think that people will get carried away and what little bit of wages they have they’ll be going there thinking they’re going to get richer and it could be a catastrophe,” says Shirley Caulton.

MGM is taking nothing for granted and will spend the next three weeks leading up to the casino vote, continuing to get its message out.


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