This November Maryland voters will decide on four major ballot questions addressing same-sex marriage, expanded gambling, undocumented immigrants’ access to higher education and the new congressional map, and ad spending is expected to reach into the millions.
“We haven’t seen anything like it in modern history,” Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, told the Baltimore Sun. “It is going to be a political junkie’s absolute dream.”
Norris commented more directly on the gambling referendum in the Maryland Daily Record and Baltimore Businesss Journal. He told the Record that the referendum ad campaign will “probably be more vigorous than the presidential campaign” in Maryland and that he anticipates the votes will be clearly in favor of gambling expansion.
Update: Norris also commented in the Gazette that ad campaigns for the referenda will likely be more intense than for the presidential race in Maryland.