CONCORD, N.H. – Public policy experts estimate that New Hampshire could net more than $50 million a year if it builds a casino in the southern part of the state.

And no matter who wins, for the first time in a decade, New Hampshire will have a governor who favors legalized casino gambling.

Republican Ovide Lamontagne, who opposed casino gambling when he ran in 1996, is now open to allowing a single casino at Rockingham Park in Salem.

Democrat Maggie Hassan, who supported a number of gambling bills during her three terms in the state Senate, also supports allowing one highly-regulated, high-end casino. Unlike Lamontagne, she is not set on a particular location.


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