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FILE - This March 5, 2015 file photo shows video gaming terminals known as instant horse racing at Les Bois Park in Garden City, Idaho. Such machines are now banned in Idaho, but a new ballot initiative, Proposition 1, has been filed to legalize the machines. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho voters will elect a new governor, decide who will be their U.S. representatives and make decisions on a pair of initiatives about expanding Medicaid and gambling.

A ballot initiative called Proposition 1 seeking to legalize historical horse racing devices that opponents say are the equivalent of illegal slot machines has drawn millions of dollars both for and against the measure ahead of Tuesday’s election.

Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid to an estimated 62,000 working Idaho residents believed to be in a gap population that earns too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for insurance subsidies. It got a late boost last week when Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced his endorsement in television ads.

In the race to replace Otter, Democrat Paulette Jordan is vying to become the first woman and first Native American governor. She faces a tough challenge in Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a southwestern Idaho rancher.

Here’s a look at what’s on the ballot:

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PROP 1

An initiative seeking to legalize historical horse race betting devices that opponents say are slot machines in disguise is in the home stretch in what could be a close race.

The initiative, if passed, would allow historical horse racing machines at places that have a minimum of eight days of live horse racing. Backers, who have spent more than $3 million in advertising, say the machines will save live horse racing in the state.

Opponents say the devices are the equivalent of slot machines.

More than $3 million has been spent to defeat the measure, mainly by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, which has a casino in Worley with slot machines that could face competition.

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PROP 2

This initiative, if passed, would expand Medicaid to an estimated 62,000 working Idahoans believed to be in a gap population that earns too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to qualify for insurance subsidies.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. government pays at least 90 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid while states pick up the rest. Backers say the initiative would save Idaho $400 million in the first year. Otter gave the initiative his backing last week.

The primary argument against expansion has been that accepting federal dollars only comes with regulatory burdens that do not help lower the growing costs of medical care.

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