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November 03, 2004
Those other election returns
Stadium-related election results, as of shortly before 2 am Eastern time:
- The Dallas Cowboys look set to have half of a $650 million stadium paid for by Arlington taxpayers, with a stadium referendum leading 54-46% at the moment, with 93% of precincts reporting. The 100-1 Rule holds true again.
- On the other hand, the "Bistate 2" sales tax hike to fund renovations of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs stadiums, as well as local arts programs, is going down to defeat in four of the five counties where it was on the ballot (passage in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties was necessary for approval), even though, according to one opposition leader: "We were outspent 100 to 1. It was very difficult to stand up to the rich guys who wanted their hobbies subsidized."
- A St. Louis County referendum to bar public funding of sports facilities without a voter referendum looks to be passing easily (72-28% with 65% of precincts reporting), according to the Associated Press. Whether this can be applied to scuttle payment of the Cardinals stadium bonds already issued last year will now likely be decided by the courts.
- San Francisco County looks to be approving a ban on the corporate naming of Candlestick Park (54.4% to 45.6%, says AP). Since the naming rights were already sold last month, this one could be headed for a lawsuit as well.