The spending spree surrounding the battle over expanded gambling in Maryland continued to escalate in the final days before Tuesday's election -- with the two sides reporting spending more than $87 million in their efforts to sway voters.
With Election Day activities still to come, the final spending tally appears almost certain to break the $90 million barrier -- exceeding the cost of the last four Maryland gubernatorial contests combined.
New filings with the State Board of Elections Monday showed that a ballot committee largely financed by
Meanwhile, a committee financed entirely by
MGM hopes to open a casino at National Harbor in Prince George's County -- a step it can take only if Question 7 passes. Penn National is protecting its interests in casinos in Charles Town, W. Va., and Perryville, as well as its ownership of Rosecroft Raceway.