Kellyanne Conway, a political strategist and pollster known for her groundbreaking work in Donald Trump's 2016 losing presidential campaign, told a group of state legislators this morning that she would like to support legalizing gaming in Alabama. She gave a talk about the research her company conducted on the possibilities.
According to a poll conducted by her company, KAConsulting, 74% of Alabama voters support legalizing gaming in Alabama, which includes “statewide lottery, casino, and sports betting.” Of these, 52% responded that they strongly supported it.
By the end of the survey, after respondents have objective information about how other states use gaming revenue to support the state and the revenue Alabama is expected to receive, has jumped to 79% support, with 60% strongly supporting it.
That revenue, their study concludes, is related to an estimated $2.5 billion over the next 10 years from statewide lotteries and comprehensive gaming packages.
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She argued that such money could be invested in education and infrastructure, following the model of border states like Mississippi.
In his annual State of the State address on the first day of the 2024 Alabama Legislature, Conway echoed Gov. Kay Ivey's call last night to “let the people decide.”
“Seventy-four percent of voters across the state said they supported consideration of everything from sports betting slots and casinos to the lottery,” Conway said.
“But most importantly, they support having a choice.”
“If you have the opportunity to say to people, 'We lie and decide for ourselves,' that's a big deal. In this poll, 89% said it's important for them to have the opportunity to vote. And that includes 68% who say they don't even want to vote. They don't really care about that. But if they had the chance, they would say no. I would like to have the opportunity to say, ”
Late Wednesday, state Rep. Andy Whitt (R-Harvest), state Rep. Chris Blackshear (R-Phenix City), Rep. Sam Jones (D-Mobile) and state Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Mobile). Atmore) held a press conference. They outlined all the key details of the 2024 game proposal.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we are now closer than ever to solving this problem. It can be stopped, but it can be controlled under the authority of the state. I commend their efforts,” said Senator Albritton. “Come read our 150 most fascinating pages.”
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Grayson Everett is the state and politics editor for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270