When Nevada voters go to the polling booths this November, they will need to vote for a replacement for Governor Brian Sandoval who cannot run for re-election as his term is up. They may want to take note that Sandoval’s fellow Republican, who is in the running to be next governor, is a die-hard anti-online gambling campaigner. Will the current Nevada Attorney General, Adam Laxalt undo all that Sandoval has done to promote online gambling and online poker in Nevada?
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A former lieutenant in the US Navy, Adam Laxalt won the Republican Party primary in June and will be running for Governor in Sandoval’s place. It says something, however, that Governor Sandoval has stated that he has no plans to publicly back any candidate for the November election.
In a recent statement, Sandoval said: “I don’t plan to endorse in the race.”
For the record, he also won’t be backing Democratic Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, nonpartisan Ryan Bundy, Libertarian Jared Lord or Independent American Party candidate Russel Best.
But Sandoval seems to have a particular problem with Laxalt’s openly antagonistic view against online poker. He said in an interview to the New York Times that he “won’t support a candidate that is going to undo anything that I put forward.”
Laxalt is a vocal opponent of Nevada’s online poker legislation and he went on record as one of several lawmakers asking President Trump’s Department of Justice to reverse its controversial 2011 legal opinion of the Wire Act. Laxalt was also one of a number of state attorney generals who stated that they were in favor of the Restoration of America’s Wire Act.
It comes as no surprise that one of Laxalt’s biggest sponsors is the zealous Sheldon Adelson, the founder and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Adelson has stated that he will do everything in his power to stop the spread of online gambling in the United States, and where better than to begin then in the country’s gambling capital?
Voters should be aware that if Adam Laxalt wins the November elections, they may be facing a state where legal and regulated online poker could be a thing of the past.