Racing Affected By US Midterms

Published: November 7, 2018 11:00 am EST

The 2018 U.S. midterm elections garnered a huge chunk of the American spotlight on Tuesday (Nov. 6), and certain aspects of the country’s racing sectors were affected by the outcome of some of the polling.

In Florida, Greyhound racing will now be banned in the state by 2020, although dog tracks will still be allowed to operate card or slot rooms.

As an item by explains, 69 per cent of voters in the ‘Sunshine State’ voted to pass Amendment 13, which calls for the banning of Greyhound racing by 2020.

The Idaho State Journal has reported that Proposition 1, a ballot initiative which called for the legalization of ‘historical racing’ or ‘instant racing’ machines in the ‘Gem State,’ was defeated by a slim margin.

Fifty-four percent (or 202,940) of voters were against the initiative, while 46 per cent (173,070) were in favour of it.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter had been a proponent of Proposition 1, as he hoped it would aid the state’s “diminished” live horse racing industry, according to the Idaho State Journal.

(With files from and the Idaho State Journal)

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