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Calif. Voters Reject 2 Measures to Legalize Sports Betting


California voters on Tuesday rejected Propositions 26 and 27, dueling initiatives backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending that would have legalized sports betting in the Golden State.


"California is seen as one of the biggest potential sports betting markets in the world," Blank Rome LLP partner Dennis M.P. Ehling, who represents clients in the gambling industry, said before the election.


In the weeks leading up to the election, signs had been growing that the two measures were headed to defeat, with a poll from University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies in early October predicting voters were unlikely to approve either measure.

Voter confusion can also be blamed, Blank Rome's Ehling said before the election.

"Voters find it hard to understand the differences between the two propositions, and voters tend to vote 'no' on propositions they do not understand," Ehling said.

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"Calif. Voters Reject 2 Measures to Legalize Sports Betting," by Bonnie Eslinger was published in Law360 on November 9, 2022.