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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:


Obama's Maryland team: Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) were out early as co-chairs of Sen. Barack Obama's Maryland campaign -- well before most people realized the regional vote would have any significance. Among Obama's other prominent Maryland supporters are Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey (D). Tuesday was a good day for them.

Frank Kratovil Jr.: Not only did the Queen Anne's County state's attorney win the Democratic congressional primary in the First District, his chances for taking the seat in November likely improved when the GOP ousted longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest. Democrats think the nominee, Sen. Andy Harris of Baltimore County, may be easier to beat than Gilchrest would have been. But Harris fought a tough and well-funded race in the primary, so it'll be a real fight. Here's a story on the Gilchrest ouster.

Terry Lierman: The former chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party turns out to have been a visionary on the Potomac Primary. Maryland's primaries had traditionally come too late to have much impact. Lierman, now chief of staff to House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), was the person who pushed last year to get the state legislature to move up the March 4 contest. Thanks to the tight Obama-Clinton contest, it worked.


Clinton Supporters in Prince George's: Former Prince George's county executive Wayne K. Curry is a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter. Current County Exec Jack B. Johnson (D) at first let his name be used by the Obama campaign, then announced unexpectedly that he was endorsing Clinton. Prince George's voters ignored both in droves. Obama won more than 78 percent of the vote in the county.

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 15, 2008; 8:49 AM ET
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Disagree that moving up primaries is a good idea. Did you enjoy going out in the ice storm to vote when weathermen were advising to curtail unnecessary driving? There is no good reason to start this election season on Jan 3. so that we see political Santa ads and Happy New Years campaigning. Put the elections April-June, get nice weather and better turnouts. The general election is not till November anyhow.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 15, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I wish that somebody would write about Obama's cigarette smoking habit, or lack thereof. Does he smoke? Did he smoke? How long? Was there an election year conversion? He chews nicotine gum. Everybody knows it is difficult to quit smoking. Are we going to see somebody puffing away in the
white House setting a bad example for our youth? Anybody know about this for sure?

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 15, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Robin's got nothing to say today about his good pal Al Wynn. What's the matter, Mr. Got Something to Say About Everything? 60% of the vote for Donna Edwards got your tongue?

And BTW, Anne Bartlett, there were a lot more than one "loser" on Tuesday. Come on. Just for starters, here's a couple of blindingly obvious things you should have added:

(1) All the Montgomery and Prince George's County delegates and state senators, as well as County Executive Ike Leggett, who stupidly, STUPIDLY, caved in to the pressure from Al Wynn and supported him with robocalls and neighbor to neighbor letters AS RECENTLY AS THIS WEEK. Particularly galling were the District 14, 15 and 39 delegations, some of whom like to think they're "progressives." I'm lookin' at you, Saqib Ali (39), Karen Montgomery (14), Brian Feldman (15), and Kirill Reznick (39). Not only were you made to look foolish, you now look foolish and ineffective, too. So much for the power of incumbency. Watch your backs, boys and girls. You're next.

(2) The Apple Ballot. Note to MCEA: if you're going to pass out the Apple Ballot for Alies Muskin, you have to, y'know, BE OUT AT THE POLLS passing out your literature. You didn't have many people out there, and too many of those that were out there went home early. As a result, Muskin finished an anemic third, barely escaping fourth. And while MCEA did not endorse Al Wynn, its parents, MSTA and NEA, did, and that didn't go too well. Bottom line: the image of the invincible Apple Ballot took a major hit last Tuesday.

Posted by: lefty | February 15, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Jack's a loser for many more reasons than just endorsing Hillary.

By the way, Al Wynn only won three precincts in Prince George's county - out of 110. (Look it up if you don't believe me.) He won one by 9 votes, one by 17 votes and a third by 5 votes.

So let's file Albert away in the has-been drawer, just after Ficker.

Posted by: PG'er | February 15, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

My God, Robin, you're right! We can't have a smoker in the White House!

4 year's of Bush the Elder's broccoli-hating administration paved the way for today's skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity. With Obama smoking in the White House, elementary school kids will be lighting up!

There are plenty of serious reasons to vote for or against Barack Obama. Whether or not he smokes is not one of them.

Posted by: Baltimoron | February 15, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The biggest Loser in Maryland: Governor Martin O'Malley. He is destined to loose the next democratic primary. People hate him and his anti-people policies. Just saw newly minted bumper sticker--Duncan for Maryland Governor!!

Posted by: George | February 15, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Disagree about the smoking. I'd like to know more too.

Posted by: Violet | February 15, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Dear PG'er:

You're pretty close but not quite completely correct. So far, 100 out of 110 precincts in Congressional District 4 are reported on the Prince George's County Board of Elections website (yes, the summary page says 109 are reported, but the precinct level data hasn't been updated yet).

Of those 100 precincts, Donna Edwards won 95, Al Wynn won 4, and the two candidates ended up dead even in one.

Here are the precincts that Wynn won:

Precinct 03-04: Wynn 408, Edwards 403
Precinct 13-03: Wynn 372, Edwards 290
Precinct 13-13: Wynn 432, Edwards 415
Precinct 18-11: Wynn 235, Edwards 226

In Precinct 12-17, both Edwards and Wynn received 180 votes.

The only one you appear to have missed is 13-03. I believe that may be Wynn's home district, but I'm not certain.

Ten precincts remain to be reported: 06-04, 06-08, 06-12, 07-15, 12-09, 16-01, 18-05, 18-06, 20-03, and 20-09.

No precinct level data available for Montgomery County yet, but my guess is that Wynn didn't take a single precinct (in 2006, he only carried about five or so).

Bottom line: this was an old-fashioned horsewhipping. No amount of Monday morning quarterbacking is going to change that fact.

Posted by: lefty | February 15, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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