Spending in the mammoth media battle over a proposed expansion of gambling in Maryland is approaching $70 million and is poised to exceed the totals for the last three gubernatorial contests -- combined -- before Election Day.
New figures reported by the ballot committees backed by rival casino companies
The last three races for governor combined -- 2002, 2006 and 2010 -- cost about $76 million. The peak came in 2006, when the contest between then-Gov.
If spending on Question 7 continues at its current pace, that three-election figure could be shattered by this weekend. The referendum will decide whether to allow a new casino in