%headline(Casino may have new life in NH after election

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After years of failing to get casino bills through the New Hampshire House, gambling supporters are optimistic the dice is rolling their way with Democrat Maggie Hassan's election as governor.

Hassan supports one well-regulated, high-end casino that is selected by a competitive bid. The man she is succeeding, Democratic Gov. John Lynch, squelched efforts to bring a casino to New Hampshire by questioning whether it would negatively affect quality of life.

This year, Lynch threatened to veto a bill that would have legalized four casinos licensed to install up to 14,000 video slot machines and 420 table games. The bill died in the House.

But gambling proponents say Hassan's support may be enough to steer the state in a different direction.

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