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The issue: Gambling
Healey has said she is open to the idea of slot machines at the state's racetracks, a stand that puts the lieutenant governor at odds with her boss, Gov. Mitt Romney. Her campaign manager, Tim O'Brien, said Healey does not want to see the racetracks close. But, he said, if slot machines become legal Healey wants to make sure lottery revenue -- and thus local aid to cities and towns -- does not suffer.
Mihos had been ambivalent about adding slot machines at racetracks, but after studying the proposal closely now believes it would be good for the state. "I would be in favor," he told the Globe, adding that it would be important that the state regulate the industry closely.
Patrick is opposed to bringing slot machines to Massachusetts, according to campaign spokesman Kahlil Byrd. Patrick recognizes the case for saving jobs and gaining additional revenue, Byrd said, but he's worried slot machine gambling could have a negative impact on communities, and on the lottery. "We can't do anything to jeopardize that," Byrd said of the lottery.
Grace Ross (Green-Rainbow Party)
Ross has not released her position on gambling in Massachusetts
* Compiled by Boston.com Staff from published reports in the Boston Globe, the candidates' campaigns, and other sources.