Bet on Red! Nevada May Legalize Gambling on Federal Elections


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Federal elections in America have long been horse races without legal bookies. Some states outright outlaw putting money on political contests, while others simply omit such gambling from lists of permitted practices. But this week, a Nevada lawmaker proposed a bill that could give citizens the opportunity to gamble on their favorite candidates. “I don’t see why there should be some prohibition, or some moral qualms,” says State Sen. Tick Segerblom, the lawmaker behind SB 418. If passed, the bill would allow wagering on presidential elections and primaries in Nevada, as well as those for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives.

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