10/06/2004 12:00AM

Calif. slots group may drop its ads

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Supporters of a referendum that could legalize slot machines at racetracks and card rooms in California were scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss whether to drop an advertising campaign promoting the measure, California officials said early Wednesday.

The campaign, which has spent about $27 million in development and advertising costs, has been largely unsuccessful in moving voters toward supporting the measure. Currently, only 33 percent of California voters say they would vote for the proposal, which would allow slot machines at racetracks and card rooms if any American Indian tribal casino failed to pay 25 percent of its revenue to the state.