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Oregon casino supporters suspend multi-million dollar campaign

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

After spending millions of dollars in support of measures that would build a casino in Wood Village, proponents of measures 82 and 83 announced Tuesday they're suspending their campaign.

A statement from the campaign manager said it appears to the campaign team that "not enough Oregon voters are ready to add a private casino" in Oregon.

The statement said the group knew it would be a challenge heading into the campaign.

"We knew when we began this process that it would be a challenge to break the existing political and gaming monopoly in Oregon, but we also knew that there was a great opportunity to create a unique entertainment destination in Wood Village that provided jobs and new revenues for schools and public services," the statement said.

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. At last check, more than $2.6 million had been spent in support of the campaign.

The measures will remain on the ballot and the group backing the initiatives "continue to hope for the best on Election Day."

With the end of the Measure 82 and Measure 83 campaigns, there will be no more paid ads in support of the Wood Village casino.

Opponents of the measures, the "Still A Bad Idea" committee, also released a statement Tuesday saying they will continue with their campaign.

"If passed, these measures would break an agreement with Oregon's Indian tribes, damage the state's economy and irrevocably change the culture of Oregon," the statement said.

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