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.
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