California Voters Say No to Sportsbetting

On Tuesday voters in the state of California voted down two proposals that would have legalized sportsbetting in the state, leaving the most populous are in the United States without legalized sportsbetting as other locales adopt the activity.

Both Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 failed to get passage in the state, sending regulatory measures back to the drawing board. Prop 26 was backed by Native American tribes and would have allowed for sportsbetting through tribal operators. At press, the measure had 29.6% in favor and 70.4% opposed. Proposition 27 was a looser sportsbetting legalization bill that would have had sportsbetting companies partnering with tribes to offer services. As of press time it sits at 16.7% in favor, with 83.3% opposed.

Votes are still being tallied, but it is clear there's not enough support for either measure to gain passage.

The failure was expected, as recent polling showed a lack of support for either proposal. Negative campaign ads for both sides were present during the months and weeks before voting, with over $500 million on campaign ads spent.

There currently aren't any known plans for pushing sportsbetting ahead in the Golden State. Currently, the activity is legal in just about 30 of the 50 states in the Union.

Casino Listings News will update readers as appropriate.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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9 November 2022 - 6:37pm

That's a big loss in the state. I'm curious as to why the voters declined. With such a large population, the state's budget could certainly have benefited. Very interesting.

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11 November 2022 - 11:38am

First thing that comes to mind- why? Honestly reading news these days about the elections in the US and in many ways- the old school thinking many of the government officials have, no wonder they wouldn't want sports betting.

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