Chevy Chase residents went against the grain last week, when they voted—50.20 percent to 49.80 percent—against Question 7, which asked Marylanders if they supported the introduction of table games to the state and the addition of a sixth casino in Prince George's County.
Question 7 passed by a narrow margin in Maryland—51.9 percent to 48.1 percent—but six of Chevy Chase's nine precincts voted against the referendum. In all, Chevy Chase voters voted against the referendum by only 47 votes.
Strongest support for Question 7 in Chevy Chase was shown by precinct 07-26 (whose voters vote at the Friendship Heights Village Center). The precinct with the greatest percentage of voters voting against Question 7 was precinct 07-21 (voting at the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church).
Here's how the precincts voted (according to unofficial precinct results published on the Montgomery County Board of Elections website):
|Precinct||Registered voters||Ballots cast||Question 7 votes cast||Votes for Question 7||Votes against Question 7|
|07-02||2,259||1,324||1,301||597 (45.89%)||704 (54.11%)|
|07-05||2,277||1,281||1,265||600 (47.43%)||665 (52.57%)|
|07-06||2,489||1,424||1,393||631 (45.30%)||762 (54.70%)|
|07-11||3,501||1,939||1,884||947 (50.27%)||937 (49.73%)|
|07-16||2,080||1,198||1,176||587 (49.91%)||589 (50.09%)|
|07-21||1,331||802||786||341 (43.38%)||445 (56.62%)|
|07-26||4,053||2,154||2,054||1,169 (56.91%)||885 (43.09%)|
|07-32||1,482||799||758||356 (46.97%)||402 (53.03%)|
|13-39||2,351||1,255||1,230||672 (54.63%)||558 (45.37%)|
|Totals||21,823||12,176||11,847||5,900 (49.80%)||5,947 (50.20%)|
- 07-02: Chevy Chase Village Hall
- 07-05: Rollingwood School Center, also known as the Lycee Rochambeau French International School
- 07-06: Chevy Chase Elementary School
- 07-11: Somerset Elementary School
- 07-16: North Chevy Chase Elementary School
- 07-26: Friendship Heights Village Center
- 07-21: Chevy Chase United Methodist Church
- 07-32: Chevy Chase Library
- 13-39: Rock Creek Forest Elementary School
Campaigns for and against Question 7 were strong in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Groups with a stake in Maryland's referendum on expanded gambling spent more than $35 a vote during the 2012 campaign, according to an analysis by WTOP.
According to unofficial results from the Maryland Board of Elections, 2,479,262 people cast a vote on Question 7. Chevy Chase residents voting on Question 7 (either for or against) made up only 0.48 percent of that number.
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