Jackson County voters turn down Choctaw casino plans

Pascagoula, Mississippi (AP) 11-07

Jackson County residents have cast their ballots against a proposed Choctaw casino.

More than 18,000 voters, or about 60 percent, cast no votes in the nonbinding referendum. About 12,000 voters supported the plan to put the $375 million project at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Mississippi 57.

In the days before the election, Choctaw Chief Beasley Denson said a no vote would not end the tribe’s effort to put a casino on the coast.

Tribal leaders may now turn their attention to Harrison and Hancock counties where gambling is already legal.
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