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Georgia Republican Deal Gives In To Pressure On Gambling Issue

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Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has shown this week just how far politicians will go to secure votes in upcoming elections. Deal, who originally voiced his willingness to consider casino gambling expansion in the state, has now backpedalled from that position.

Speaking earlier this month, Deal proclaimed that he would keep an open mind when dealing with the casino gambling issue. The issue has been raised this year as a way to increase revenue for the state in these tough economic times.

This week, however, a spokesman for Deal claimed that the candidate was opposed to casino gambling. That would indicate that there is a chance Deal could veto legislation that lawmakers create that would add casinos in the state of Georgia.

"This may become an issue that his opponent exploits moving into the election cycle for November," said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. "Gambling has become a hot issue, and Georgia will not be the only state where a governor race could be determined by a candidate's stance on gambling expansion."

The Democratic candidate running against Deal, Democrat Roy Barnes, has been firm on his stance against casinos in Georgia. Barnes has asserted that Deal is not a stable candidate to be the top politician in office. The race could hinge on the support of the conservative Christians in the state.

The Georgia Christian Coalition has questioned Deal's commitment to keeping casinos out of Georgia. Jerry Luquire, the head of the coalition, believes that by Deal not going as far as to say he would veto casino legislation, he, in fact, is supporting gambling expansion.

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