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Prop DD Sports Betting Iniative in Colorado Results Coming In

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Nov/05/2019

Colorado voters were to determine whether sports betting in the state should be legalized at three desigated casinos.  These properties would also be permitted to offer mobile wagering statewide.

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This is an off-year election.  As a result the turnout was expected to be small.  It wasn't.  Better than 1.5 million voted on a day where no actual candidates were on the ballot.  Instead, there were various intiatives. 

That's a good turnout all things considered.  There are just over 5.5 million people living in Colorado. 

By Wednesday afternoon, it was revealed that Prop DD had officially passed.

Results were rolling in now.

Updated 7:27am ET -

Nearly 80% of the count was in and it looked like sports betting is coming to Colorado, unless something dramatic happens with the 20% of ballots still outstanding.  This had been seesawing back and forth right up to around 70% of the ballots counted.  YES was up by just over 13,000 in the early morning hours.

Still, even with a victory, there are some storm clouds ahead for sports betting proponents.

One of the big surprises in those returns: the measure, as of Midnight, lost in Teller County, home to Cripple Creek, one of three towns that allow casino gambling, and which would vote on whether to allow sports betting in its casinos.

Returns show Prop DD failed there by 610 votes, or about 9%.

Updated 1:00 am ET -

YES is back up by 1598 votes with 44 of 64 counties completely counted. 

Updated 12:31 am ET -

Yes we're back to YES winning, but by a mere 84 votes.

Updated 12:03 am ET -

2208 votes separate the NO (winning) from the YES with around a quarter of ballots left to still come in. 

Updated 11:43 pm ET -

Approximately 25% of the ballots still outstanding. 1529 is the separation with NO winning so far.

Updated 11:30 pm ET -

Who knows which way this one is going to go.  1042 is now the difference favoring the NO after YES briefly came back over the last half hour.

Updated 10:56 pm ET -

2659 is the difference with YES still trailing.

Updated 10:45 pm ET -

Some momentum for the YES as 3869 separates the vote with NO still winning.

Updated 10:37 pm ET -

7108 separates NO (winning) from YES. 

Updated 10:33 pm ET -

5357 votes is the difference between NO and YES for Prop DD legalized sports betting in CO with the NO winning out so far.

Updated 10:12 pm ET -

Proposition DD currently has just 49.9 percent of the vote with 1,011,653 ballots counted in that race so far. There's a difference of just 2,000 votes between yes and no.  NO was at 50.17% and was going in the wrong direction.

Updated 9:50 pm ET -

Updated 9:48 pm ET -

Proposition DD currently has just 51 percent of the vote with 792,507 votes counted in that race so far.

Updated 9:46 pm ET -

Updated 9:42 pm ET - 512,504 votes have been counted in that race so far.  54% counted.  YES was at 50.89.

Updated 9:37 pm ET

Update - 9:34 pm ET

FanDuel was by far the largest contributor to the Yes on Proposition DD campaign, giving $1 million through Oct. 28. Various Colorado casinos and DraftKings, similar to FanDuel, contributed much of the rest of the $2.4 million to the ‘yes’ campaign. There was no organized opposition, and sin taxes are the only types of new taxes to pass statewide, since voters approved strict constitutional rules in 1992.  - CPR

Update - 9:24 pm ET

Proposition DD had 56 percent of the vote with 9 percent of precincts reporting as of this posting. Only 187,683 votes have been counted in that race so far — and earlier today Magellan Strategies reported that more than 1.2 million ballots had been returned. This is a developing story and will be updated.

In addition to the sport betting question, voters will also be deciding on whether elected officials must remain in the state until the end of their term as well as an increase on cigarette taxes (including e-Cigarettes).

The later might drive some folks to the polls to vote NO. 

The sports betting question could also easily be mistaken as an initiative to raise taxes in the state based on language in the first sentence.

Gambling911.com is watching the results closely so stay tuned.

- Chris Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

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