A proposal for a new slot parlor in Revere took a major hit Tuesday, with voters in that city opposing the plan by a nearly two-to-one margin.

That proposal, from developer Eugene McCain, is also the focus of Ballot Question 1, which goes before voters across the state on November 8. If Ballot Question 1 passes, the state will have the option of granting a new slot-parlor license for a very particular type of site--one which meets the exact specifications of the land in Revere where McCain hopes to build.

Tuesday's special election in Revere wasn't a straightforward yes-or-no vote on McCain's plan. Instead, a "Yes" vote would have given McCain exclusive rights to any new gaming license granted to a Revere-based operator. Still, both supporters and opponents of his proposal considered Tuesday's vote a de facto local referendum on whether McCain's plan should proceed.

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo has been a vocal opponent of McCain's push. He actually tried and failed to stop Tuesday's special election in court, arguing that any local vote should be delayed until after the statewide vote on November 8. But that didn't stop Arrigo from hailing the outcome after the votes were counted.

"What's exciting is that we have now taken out of their arsenal the talking point that Revere wants this, because we don't," Arrigo told WGBH News. "It's clear that we don't. And I look forward to telling everyone from now until November 8 that the city of Revere does not want this."

When Suffolk Downs was vying for the casino license that ultimately went to Everett, Revere residents supported that push at the ballot box. Yes to 1, the ballot-question committee supporting McCain's plan, had claimed that a strong majority of Revere residents supported his plan as well. 

Attempts to reach Yes to 1 were unsuccessful Tuesday night.

Despite Tuesday's results, a statewide "Yes" vote on November 8 would keep McCain's proposal alive. But Arrigo has said that even if the state backs McCain's plan, he has no interest in signing a host-community agreement with the developer.

Without that step being completed, it's hard to see how McCain's vision could come to fruition. What's more, given Tuesday's result--and the opposition voiced by Arrigo and other elected officials--it's not clear if the state's Gaming Commission would even consider issuing the new slot-parlor license required for McCain's facility to begin operating.