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SPORTS HAS ITS ROLE AMONG KEY ELECTIONS HELD TODAY

          Today's stadium referendums in San Diego, Denver and
     Cincinnati have garnered much of the attention of the sports
     industry, but there are a number of other races around the
     country which sports business professionals should keep an
     eye on tonight.  Ravens Owner ART MODELL and his team have
     become a key issue in MD's gubernatorial race.  MD Gov.
     PARRIS GLENDENING (D) faces a difficult re-election bid from
     GOP challenger ELLEN SAUERBREY, who has made Glendening's
     support for two new football facilities an issue.  Sauerbrey
     has been running with the tag, "Build schools.  Not
     stadiums."  Another candidate being criticized for his
     support of a new sports facility is St. Paul Mayor NORM
     COLEMAN, who is in a tight three-way race between MN AG
     HUBERT (SKIP) HUMPHREY III and JESSE "THE BODY" VENTURA. 
     Polls there have the race too close to call.  Coleman is
     being taken to task by Ventura for his support of the NHL
     Wild's St. Paul arena.  Meanwhile, Humphrey is investigating
     MLB regarding a possible violation of antitrust laws in
     actions relating to the Twins' proposed sale and relocation. 
          OTHER NUGGETS: Padres Owner JOHN MOORES and Chargers
     Owner ALEX SPANOS have contributed heavily to the U.S.
     Senate bid of GOP nominee MATT FONG, who is CA State
     Treasurer.  Fong's bid to unseat U.S. Senator BARBARA BOXER
     is too close to call.  Former MLB P and U.S. Rep. JIM
     BUNNING (R-KY) -- backed by Univ. of Louisville coach DENNY
     CRUM -- is up against U.S. Rep. SCOTTY BAESLER (D-KY) -- who
     has the backing of Celtics President/coach RICK PITINO. 
     ....U.S. Senator RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI), in a tight race for
     re-election in WI, is running a TV ad statewide which
     compares the Packers' ownership to his campaign.  The spot
     describes the Packers as the only pro team that's owned by
     local residents, "not big money interests," taking a shot at
     his opponent, U.S. Rep. MARK NEUMANN (R-WI)....NYC Council
     Speaker PETER VALLONE, an outspoken critic of Yankees Owner
     GEORGE STEINBRENNER's Manhattan ballpark project, trails  
     NY Gov. GEORGE PATAKI by more than 25% in the latest
     poll....The Committee for the Study of American Electorate
     said today's turnout is likely to be 36-38% of eligible
     voters, down from the 38.8% which turned out in '94. 

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