Jackson County residents have cast their ballots against a proposed Choctaw casino. More than 18,000 voters, or about 60 percent, cast no votes Tuesday in the non-binding referendum.
About 12,000 voters supported the plan to put the $375 million project at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Mississippi 57.
In the days before the election, Choctaw Chief Beasley Denson said a no vote would not end the tribe's effort to put a casino on the coast.
Tribal leaders may now turn their attention to Harrison and Hancock counties where gambling is already legal.