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Florida Election Results Could Shape Frank's Online Gambling Bill

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The Florida election results that came in from Tuesday's primaries could have a direct impact on the gambling industry both in the Sunshine State and nationally. The Governor race winner could determine how far Florida takes casino expansion, and the Senate race could swing the online gambling debate in Congress.

The Gubernatorial primary on the Republican side turned out to be somewhat of a surprise. Rick Scott, who used almost $40 million of his own funds to finance his campaign, upset Attorney general Bill McCollum. Coming into the day, McCollum was a heavy favorite to win the nomination.

Scott will now move on to face Alex Sink in the general election. Whichever candidate comes away the winner in November, the state's gambling expansion could be in the balance. Current Governor Charlie Crist has fought hard to create a gambling compact with the Seminole Indians.

After years of being turned away by legislators in the state, Crist finally received their approval of a compact that was signed earlier this year. That compact gave the Seminoles the rights to blackjack at five of their seven casinos in Florida. Additionally, laws were passed that allowed no-limit poker in the state, and expanded gambling hours and lower tax rates for state pari-mutuels.

Las Vegas company officials had visited Tallahassee in the months before the compact was created. The Las Vegas moguls were explaining to lawmakers how they could bring casino resorts comparable to the ones found in Sin City to the Sunshine State. While it did not happen this time around, it could happen in the future with the state having the right to void the Seminole compact after five years.

The other tightly contested race in Florida was to become the Republican and Democratic candidates in the Senate race. Marco Rubio, a staunch opponent to gambling, won the Republican primary. Kendrick Meek outlasted Jeff Greene on the Democratic side.

Meek and Rubio will be squaring off against Crist, who turned independent earlier this year. At stake is a seat in the US Senate and a possible swing vote in the upcoming online gambling legislation debate in Congress.

Representative Barney Frank has introduced legislation that would overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The UIGEA calls for financial institutions to block online gambling transactions to and from online gaming sites. The banks have expressed their discomfort with the UIGEA.

Frank's bill would lay the groundwork for a regulated Internet gambling industry in the US, and the legislation has already passed the House Financial Services Committee that Frank chairs.

With mid-term elections coming fast, it is expected that Frank will table the online gambling bill until after the new year. If that happens, he would have to start over from scratch, which is when the Senate seat from Florida will become important in the issue.

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