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Maryland Politics: February 10, 2008 - February 16, 2008

Strategists Weigh In On Wynn/Edwards

The political establishment in Maryland's 4th congressional district is still largely in a state of shock over Donna Edwards' margin of victory over longtime county figure Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) in Tuesday's primary. Now that all but two Prince...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 15, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Winners and Losers

Our colleague Chris Cillizza has already blogged here on some of the winners and losers in Tuesday's Potomac Primary. Here are a few more from Maryland Moment's perspective: WINNERS: Obama's Maryland team: Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) and U.S. Rep....

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 15, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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O'Malley on Potomac Primary

If Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was depressed that he wasn't able to pull it out for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton in Maryland yesterday, he didn't show it today. "It was a tremendous day with tremendous turnout," the governor told reporters...

By Lisa Rein  |  February 13, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Potomac Primary Roundup: Weather Can't Stop McCain, Obama

Despite sleet and strong winds, voters in the District, Maryland and Virginia braved the cold and other weather to cast their ballots in yesterday's Potomac Primary. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., won a convincing sweep over Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 13, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Dougherty Sinks Duck

Organized labor picked the wrong horse in the Democratic Primary in the Sixth Congressional District, where former Frederick Mayor Jennifer Dougherty was the voters' choice yesterday to try to unseat veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett this fall. Dougherty says...

By Miranda Spivack  |  February 13, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Harris: Victory is Endorsement of Fiscal Conservatism

State Sen. Andy Harris (R-Baltimore County), fresh from his victory over veteran U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest in yesterday's GOP primary in the First District, took a victory lap in the Senate this morning. John Wagner reports that Harris, who was...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 13, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Edwards Wallops Wynn

Prince George's County lawyer Donna F. Edwards ousted eight-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) yesterday, as voters seeking change backed her liberal insurgency over one of the state's longest-serving congressmen. A second long-time incumbent, Eastern Shore Republican Wayne...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 10:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland Voting Is Extended Until 9:30

Icy weather and congested traffic prompted Maryland to extend voting hours until 9:30 p.m. at polls across the state, state elections officials said. Polling places, which had been scheduled to close at 8 p.m., will remain open an additional 90...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 12, 2008; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Very Early Returns

At a precinct in Prince George's County, election officials began posting election results about 9 p.m. -- a half hour before polls closed. Staff writer Nelson Hernandez reports that election judges at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale printed...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 9:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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'Scary' Weather Won't Keep Md. Retirees From Voting

Elections officials fear that a nasty downpour of snow, sleet and freezing rain across the region may hurt turnout in today's Potomac Primary. But voters at some polling places in Maryland aren't letting the wintry mix keep them from voting...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Organization May Be Key

At some polling places in the Washington suburbs today, Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign appeared to have an edge in organization. Staff writer Lisa Rein reports that it was hard to spot a Hillary Clinton sign at some precincts in...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Getting out the Vote

With just three hours before polls close in Maryland, last-ditch efforts are underway to mobilize voters. In Montgomery County, home to a large concentration of Democrats, advocacy groups tried to boost turnout among Latino and African American voters. Staff writer...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Supporters Plan to Party

If you're looking to party with your favorite Democratic presidential candidate tonight, you're out of luck. Sen. Hillary Clinton is expected to attend a rally tonight in El Paso, Texas, while her opponent Sen. Barack Obama will hold a...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Donna Edwards Has Two Sample Ballots

Congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards may have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.), but not all voters Maryland's 4th congressional district will get that message. My colleague Nelson Hernandez, visiting polling places, picked up a so-called "sample ballot" being handed out...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 12, 2008; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Campaigns Worry Snow, Sleet Could Dampen Turnout

A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, coupled with bitter cold temperatures, threatens to dampen turnout late today as thousands of Marylanders trek to their precincts to vote before polls close at 8 p.m. The National Weather Service...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Democrats Torn Between Clinton, Obama

Some Maryland Democrats at the polls today said they struggled to choose between two candidates who are facing off in what some called the closest presidential nomination battle of their lifetimes. At a precinct in Takoma Park, staff writer Steve...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Voting Pace Brisk in Maryland Suburbs

As voting began in the Potomac Primary began this morning in Maryland, turnout was heavy in Eastern Montgomery County, even beyond the usual pre-work rush. "This is unprecedented as far as I'm concerned," said Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, surveying...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 12, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Michelle Obama Visits Bethesda-Chevy Chase

Michelle Obama, wife of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) spoke to a packed house at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School this afternoon, taking a not-so-veiled swipe at the Clinton campaign's repeated assertions that Sen. Hillary Clinton is the best prepared to be...

By Miranda Spivack  |  February 11, 2008; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Janet Huckabee Campaigns Across Maryland

Janet Huckabee, wife of the Republican former Arkansas governor, campaigned across Maryland yesterday in a last-ditch effort before Tuesday's Potomac Primary to deliver a miracle to her husband's presidential hopes. "It's been a miracle just about every week for us,"...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 11, 2008; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Courts Latinos in Silver Spring

Illinois Sen Barack Obama (D) made an unexpected stop this afternoon in Silver Spring, at Mayorga Coffee Roasters, a Latino-owned shop. The event had not been announced publicly and was intended to be a chance for an intimate meeting between...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 11, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Potomac Primary Round-Up

In the days leading up to tomorrow's primary, washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post are combing the web for news and opinion outside the region to supplement our coverage with additional viewpoints. We're posting what we find here and to our...

By Liz Heron  |  February 11, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Charges Up Crowds in Prince George's, Baltimore

By AVIS THOMAS-LESTER and OVETTA WIGGINS Washington Post staff writers Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) took his campaign of hope and change to the University of Maryland College Park and to Baltimore yesterday afternoon. The College Park audience included college students,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 11, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Confusion Over Campaigning in MoCo

The developer of downtown Silver Spring is increasing training for security guards who wrongly stopped a man from distributing campaign literature Friday on Ellsworth Drive, the developer's lawyer said today. Chip Py, 44, said a security guard approached him a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 11, 2008; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stumping for Clinton

From staff writer Mary Otto on the campaign trail: Mary Boergers, 61, could be warm right now, wintering in California with her husband, David, a retired lawyer, spending time with their two grown children in Los Angeles and San Francisco....

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 11, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain Looking To November In Maryland

John McCain arrived in Annapolis this morning, one day before Maryland's presidential primary. But the Arizona senator seemed most interested in talking about the general election in November. "We will compete in the state of Maryland when and if I...

By John Wagner  |  February 11, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kennedy, O'Malley Push For Candidates In MoCo

Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley today took their case for their presidential candidates to a gathering of 500 Montgomery County Democratic activists. A hoarse Kennedy invoked the memory of his slain brothers as he urged...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 10, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Clinton Family Campaigns in Md.

By LISA REIN and LORI ARATANI Washington Post staff writers Starting a full schedule of campaigning for his wife in Maryland, former President Bill Clinton asked a crowd of 500 African-Americans at a church in Prince George's County this morning...

By Lisa Rein  |  February 10, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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O'Malley, Kaine Square Off on "This Week"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley squared off on national television this morning with Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, with the two Democrats talking up their preferred candidates for president and offering different takes on the role of superdelegates in the nominating...

By John Wagner  |  February 10, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Wave of Late Endorsements

Maryland politicians are offering a burst of late endorsements of presidential candidates in advance of Tuesday's primaries. House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) and Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy were among those stepping forward yesterday to announce their...

By John Wagner  |  February 10, 2008; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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