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Wednesday, September 15, 2010:

Aaron.jpgPrimary results on Tuesday night trickled onto the Maryland Board of Election's Web site at a snail's pace. As of early Wednesday, the outcome of some races remained uncertain while most had finally become clear:

Governor's Race Set

o'malley.jpgMaryland voters on Tuesday removed any doubt about the long-awaited rematch between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), handing both dominate primary wins to launch the final, 48-day sprint to Nov. 2.

Sarah Palin's anointed pick, Brian Murphy, pulled away a quarter of the Republican primary votes, giving both gubernatorial nominees ample room to spin. Look for something from the O'Malley camp today questioning if the Republican base is splintered. Ehrlich.jpgAnd maybe a line from Ehrlich's side noting that he won overwhelmingly on a night when other Palin and Tea Party endorsees pulled upsets. (On the other side, there may also be a back-and-forth over little known J.P. Cusick who siphoned off over one in 10 votes from O'Malley).

Senate Incumbents Ousted

The state Senate will look different when it reconvenes in January. According to unofficial returns: At least four incumbents appeared to lose challenges from delegates within their own party, while at least three suffered surprising defeats from outsiders.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Exum.jpg--In Prince George's County, longtime Sen. Nathaniel Exum (right) was upset by Joanne C. Benson. And Del. Victor R. Ramirez unseated Sen. David C. Harrington.

Thumbnail image for Shank.jpg--In Washington County, Sen. Donald F. Munson (R) was defeated by Del. Christopher B. Shank, the House Minority Whip (left).

-- In Montgomery, Sen. Mike Lenett lost to Del. Roger P. Manno (right).
manno.jpgAnd Sen. Rona E. Kramer - appeared to be in recount territory, about 100 shorts behind Del. Karen S. Montgomery
--A longtime Senate Democrat in Baltimore also lost in a surprising upset. George W. Della, Jr. (left) fell to Bill Ferguson.

-- Not every incumbent was heading for the door. Sen. Nancy J. King appeared to edge out Del. Saqib Ali in Montgomery's 39th District race.
And Sen. Jennie M. Forehand appeared to fight off a comeback challenge by former Del. Cheryl C. Kagan.

Hot race in Maryland's 1st

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Harris mug.JPGRepublican state Sen. Andrew P. Harris defeated businessman Rob Fisher, setting up a rematch of the 2008 contest between Harris and Rep. Frank Kratovil (D). The Kratovil-Harris contest is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in the country.
(Del. J.B. Jennings appeared to secure the Republican nomination for the seat vacated by Harris).

Baker holds lead for Prince George's Executive

rushern_baker.jpgFor former state delegate Rushern L. Baker III, the third time was the charm. Baker defeated Sheriff Michael A. Jackson and three others Tuesday in the pivotal race to win the Democratic nomination to lead Prince George's County, the region's third-largest jurisdiction, and one of the most affluent majority-African American communities in the nation.

Montgomery County Council race a nail-biter

The final tally from Montgomery's at-large council voting through Tuesday are in, and just 3,880 votes separated incumbents George Leventhal and Duchy Trachtenberg for the final fourth spot on the Democratic ticket heading into November. Here are the standings as of Wednesday morning:
Marc Elrich: 45008 (17.81%)
Hans Riemer: 38437 (15.21%)
Nancy Floreen: 36973 (14.63%)
George L. Leventhal: 36385 (14.40%)

Duchy Trachtenberg: 32505 (12.86%)

Field of challengers clear in Md. Congressional races

-- 2nd District: Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger v. Marcelo Cardarelli

-- 3rd District: Rep. John Sarbanes (D) v. Annapolis businessman Jim Wilhelm

-- 4th District: Rep. Donna Edwards v. Robert Broadus

-- 5th District: Rep. Steny H. Hoyer v. Republican businessman Charles Lollar

-- 6th District: Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett v. Democrat Andrew Duck

-- 7th District: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) v. Howard County landscape designer Frank Mirabile

-- 8th District: Rep. Chris Van Hollen won Democratic primary. Michael Philips held slim lead for Republican nod.

-- And, Republican Eric Wargotz won in a crowded Republican primary for the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski


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By Aaron C. Davis  | September 15, 2010; 3:41 AM ET
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I am a resident of Montgomery County and will be voting in the midterm elections. I am an Independent. For years now I have been wanting to vote for both Republicans and Democrats. But as the moderate Republicans seem to be going be by the wayside I feel frustrated in this. I long to have balance in MD and Montgomery County. In my district(16) I have discovered that Jerry Cave is running for State Senate as a Republican. I went to highschool with him many years ago. I wrote him twice asking him where he stand as a Republican- in the moderate tradition of Montgomery County Republicans or the more rightward turn of the nation Republicans. He has not answered either of my e-mails. This is very disappointing in that I am one of the voters I would think he would court in Montgomery County. If this is the level of connection he wants with the voters in his district then I think I may be forced to vote for the other side who is an entrenched politician who does not challenge the balance of power in Annapolis.

Alfred Clark

Posted by: klavierman | September 21, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I think this type of election- where you can only vote for the party you are in - and for no other person regardless of their party- is a ridiculous idea.

This type of restriction does not allow me to vote for the best person for the job- so in essence why bother- why not just go ahead and tally the votes based on the party people have subscribed to. It is absurd to consider this process a voting process-

I am not an independent but I would like to vote for people based on their experience, biographies and their ideals. The way the voting process is I can not do that. I seriously think this is one reason no one votes. It turned me off so much that I abstained- I prefer to not vote than vote for someone I do not wish to vote for and if I should just not vote for that office and vote for those I can vote for then this process is still not the right process for voting people into office.

I would rather not be a part of it at all.

I think the voting process in its current state is so dummied down - like everything else- that it hurts those who care enough to research their candidates- and favors those who are lazy enough to say - well I am republican /or democrat so it doesn't matter who I pick as long as my party gets the vote- STUPID really- because the range of ideals and values in both parties are diverse. A republican can have democratic tendencies and vice verse- so these categories say nothing really at all.

Truly these are the votes that count the most- the local and the congressional votes-
but my hands are tied by the system as it is currently designed today!

Posted by: glarstout | September 22, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

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