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TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: CARDINALS HOLDING BREATH ON VOTE

          A new poll shows that the Rio Salado Crossing campaign
     is "so close" that the last vote cast on May 18 "might
     literally decide the race," according to Robbie Sherwood of
     the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.  Voters in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen
     Creek "remain almost evenly split" on the $1.8B development,
     which would include a new stadium for the Cardinals.  The
     closest race is in Mesa, where 45% of the voters support the
     project, 45% oppose it and 10% remain undecided.  The poll
     numbers "hardly budged" from an Arizona Republic poll taken
     in January.  The development project would be funded by a
     quarter-cent sales tax "increase" in Mesa to help pay for
     the $497M stadium and convention center.  The other $1.3B is
     for retail, commercial and office development that will come
     from "private monies."  Analytical Research surveyed 407
     registered voters in Mesa, 203 in Gilbert and 141 in Queen
     Creek, from May 1-4 (AZ REPUBLIC, 5/9).  The AZ REPUBLIC has
     endorsed the Rio Salado Crossing project (AZ REPUBLIC, 5/9).
     In Phoenix, Robbie Sherwood writes that voter turnout is
     expected to be low next Tuesday (AZ REPUBLIC, 5/10).

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