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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The candidates trying to become Alabama's next governor have views on electronic bingo that run the entire spectrum.

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said any county that wants to approve gambling should have it. Democratic U.S. Rep. Artur Davis said he favors a statewide referendum on whether electronic bingo is legal.

So do two Republican candidates, former state agency director Bill Johnson and state Rep. Robert Bentley.

Among other Republicans, former Chancellor Bradley Byrne would continue Gov. Bob Riley's efforts to shut down electronic bingo. Former Chief Judge Roy Moore says electronic bingo is an attempt to subvert the anti-lottery provisions of the state constitution. State Treasurer Kay Ivey calls electronic bingo "fool's gold." And Greenville businessman Tim James says electronic bingo is another name for illegal gambling.

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