After conceding defeat on referendums on Tuesday’s ballot calling for a casino in Lewiston and two racetracks with slot machines in southern and eastern Maine, referendum backers said they will return again with future gambling proposals.

Despite the outcome of the election, Lewiston residents are hungry for a casino and the jobs and economic development it will bring said Stavros Mendros, who worked for the group that proposed the casino.

“I have no intention of giving up on my community,’’ said Mendros. “Lewiston voted for this and still wants it.’’

Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, Joseph Socobasin, says he expects the tribe to be back before the legislature in January. The tribe has been working for about 20 years to get a racino.

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