September 1, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Governor Brian Sandoval has come out against a proposal to make Nevada the first state to permit betting on federal elections.
The Republican governor described himself as "more of a traditionalist" when it comes to betting.
He told the Las Vegas Sun that while the state has benefited from sports and horse race betting, he would not support betting on federal elections unless he's "convinced otherwise."
Sandoval noted both the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Gaming Commission have opposed the proposal in the past, and a state legislative panel failed to support it this week.
State Sen. Tick Segerblom had hoped to persuade the panel to request a bill draft for the 2015 session allowing Nevada sports books to take pari-mutuel wagers on elections for president, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
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