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RI voters to decide fate of casino on state line

Rhode Island's most expensive political race this season will end when voters decide Nov. 8 whether a casino operator can build a new gambling hall next to the Massachusetts border.

The lopsided, more than $2 million campaign in favor of a casino in the town of Tiverton has the support of most state leaders. Gambling is Rhode Island's third-biggest source of state revenue.

But to win it must also get majority support in Tiverton, a coastal town with just over 13,000 voters. Proponents point to the $3 million a year guaranteed to town coffers.

Church leaders and some residents say they're worried about social ills and the heritage of an area fought over during King Philip's War. But none formed an official campaign, which raises questions about who's behind anti-casino signs.

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