SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield residents voted in favor of MGM's casino proposal but those who voted against it say they're not giving up yet.
The Chairman of Citizens Against Casino Gaming told 22News they're taking their message to the gaming commission.
MGM is moving forward after voters approved the city-wide referendum. Now, they're moving on to compete for the western Massachusetts casino license, against Hard Rock International in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer.
"We have worked hard and have seen the results of those efforts," said MGM's Kelley Tucky.
Those who voted against the casino Tuesday, say they're not giving up.
Voters passed the referendum 58-42, something MGM called a landslide win; however, opposition called it a weak showing.
"I don't think that's by any means a landslide and I don't think MGM should be ecstatic by this, not after all that money and 42% of the residents are against it," said Citizens Against Casino Gaming Chairman, Michael Kogut.
Kogut says they're next step is to build support and lobby to the state's Gaming Commission .
"MGM funneled $12 million into the campaign, $2 million in the media and there are people who didn't hear the other side, that's part of our argument, this was a referendum, the other side went unheard because of the vast amount of dollars and lobbyists," Kogut said.
Tucky says there will always be people who oppose casinos, but they have the support to move forward and that's what they're doing. "Well, they'll continue to do what they do and we'll continue to do what we need to do and our focus now is taking the message to the surrounding communities."
Tucky says they started contacting surrounding communities today to see what their needs will be if MGM is chosen in Western Massachusetts.