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TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: CARDINALS HOLDING BREATH ON VOTE
Published May 10, 1999
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).