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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Suffolk Downs casino is less of a sure bet

Did you feel the earth move at Suffolk Downs? That happens when political ground shifts, and it just cratered at the East Boston racetrack.

Boom, boom, boom: Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino — a big booster of casino plans for the site — isn’t running for reelection. Vornado Realty Trust — one of the casino’s largest stakeholders — just pulled out as an investor. Citywide support for a casino is soft, according to a new poll. Those surveyed also favor a citywide referendum, while casino backers want to limit the vote to Eastie residents only.

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