Gambling vote divides Ala. GOP candidates for gov.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The two candidates in the Republican runoff for governor, Bradley Byrne and Robert Bentley, have different views on gambling.

Bentley advocates a statewide referendum on whether to allow gambling or shut it down completely, including stopping dog races and traditional paper bingo games.

Byrne opposes a statewide vote because it could lead to more gambling.

Neither joins Democratic nominee Ron Sparks in advocating an expansion of gambling to get more tax revenue.

Bentley says it's a poor way to fund state government. Byrne says it's bad for society and preys on the poor.

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