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Casino proposal is Oregon's top money race

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Supporters of measures 82 and 83 have raised more than $2.6 million for their campaign to bring a private casino and entertainment complex to Wood Village, according to the secretary of state's disclosure database.

The Grange, as it's called, would be constructed on the site of a now defunct kennel club. PDX Entertainment Group is behind the project and is the largest contributor.

The opposition, led by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, has raised about $1.1 million, the database shows.

That's the most money spent on any initiative so far this election cycle. Two years ago, similar measures failed, but only a fraction of the money was in play.

"I would say that supporters put it on the ballot (in 2010) and then really didn't fund it," said Tim HIbbitts, Fox 12 political analyst. "This time around, they put it on the ballot and they're funding it heavily and they may get a better outcome. Although, I would say candidly I think it's going to be a very, very difficult uphill route for the supporters of this to win."

Hibbitts said millions more dollars could be spent on the issue before Election Day.

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