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Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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State Roundup, April 4, 2012

DEM INCUMBENTS WIN: Erin Cox and Pamela Wood of the Annapolis Capital write that Democratic congressional incumbents secured spots on November’s ballot while Republicans selected a slate of contenders, including two Anne Arundel County residents.

BONGINO TO FACE CARDIN: Former U.S. Secret Service agent Dan Bongino won the Republican nomination for Senate in Maryland yesterday, and he will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin in the general election, an AP report in the Post says.

An AP report in the Frederick News Post says that Cardin staved off challenges from eight candidates.

Cardin received 230,489 votes. The next highest candidate, state Sen. Anthony Muse, received 48,857, C. Benjamin Ford reports in the Gazette.

BARTLETT WINS: Pete McCarthy and Stephanie Mlot of the Frederick News Post says a divided Republican Party must get behind Rep. Roscoe Bartlett after a messy primary in which seven candidates tried to unseat the 10-term incumbent.

DELANEY OVER GARAGIOLA: John Delaney, a banker and first-time candidate, managed to topple state Sen. Rob Garagiola in the Democratic 6th Congressional primary race, even though leading Democrats in Annapolis such as Senate President Mike Miller had the legislator in mind when they redrew the district last year to make it more competitive, writes the Sun’s John Fritze.

Analyst Larry Sabato rates the Bartlett-Delaney race as a toss-up, reports Glynis Kazanjian in MarylandReporter.com. Political science professor Todd Eberly says the referendums on the ballot bring out the Republican vote in the fall.

David Moon of Maryland Juice has some pictures taken at Delaney’s victory celebration.

TIMMERMAN VS. VAN HOLLEN: Republican Ken Timmerman will challenge Democrat Chris Van Hollen to represent parts of Carroll County and the rest of the 8th Congressional District, while the race for a Democratic candidate to take on Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District in November’s general election was too close to call, Peter Panepinto reports for the Carroll County Times.

Courtney Pomeroy of the Frederick News Post reports that Van Hollen said, “I want to thank the voters for their support and let them know that I’m not taking anything for granted in the general election.”

Here’s the results for he House and Senate primaries from the Washington Post.

CUMMINGS VS. MIRABILE: Bryan Sears of Patch.com wraps up the primary results, including the 7th Congressional District races, where incumbent Dem Elijah Cummings has won the nomination and will run against Republican Frank Mirabile again.

LOW TURNOUT: Even with the novelty of Maryland’s chance to influence the Republican presidential nominee, Tuesday’s primary drew no crowds to the polls and turnout hovered around 15%, Erin Cox and Sara Blumberg report in the Annapolis Capital.

The head of Washington County’s election board had predicted up to a 40% voter turnout, but with light activity at the polls during the day, she lowered that prediction to 20% to 25% by Tuesday night, Dave McMillion reports in the Hagerstown Herald Mail.

The Frederick News-Post also reports low turnout.

ROMNEY WINS MD, WI, DC: Maryland Republicans pushed Mitt Romney closer to the GOP presidential nomination, giving the former Massachusetts governor a double-digit margin of victory on a day when he also won in Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Romney now has more than half of the 1,144 delegates he needs to secure the nomination, Matthew Hay Brown and Yvonne Wenger report in the Sun.

AND IN ANNAPOLIS

PENNY SALES TAX HIKE: Gov. Martin O’Malley speaks with Sun reporters Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey as he continues to try to convince the legislature to raise money for highway and transit projects — possibly by adding another penny to Maryland’s 6% sales tax and dedicating the extra revenue to transportation.

BUDGET IMPASSE: The powerful head of the Maryland Senate warned yesterday that because of an impasse in budget negotiations, the General Assembly may have to extend its scheduled April 9 adjournment for the first time in two decades, Aaron Davis of the Post writes.

BILLS IN LIMBO: Aaron Davis and Greg Masters of the Post report that emergency measures to provide better legal protections for poor people that could have wide-reaching effects on Maryland’s penal system remain mired in negotiations with less than a week to go before lawmakers are supposed to wrap up business in Annapolis.

SOUNDING ALARM: Republican Michael Collins, in an op-ed in the Annapolis Capital, says that local government is under attack in Maryland. Three bills working their way through the legislature threaten to gut local sovereignty and tax us blind.

GAMBLING EXPANSION: A majority of the Prince George’s County Council, whose members have been closely divided about bringing gambling to the county, now say they back legislation pending in the General Assembly that would allow voters to decide if they want a full-fledged casino in the county and add Las Vegas-style table games to Maryland’s five other slots venues, writes Miranda Spivack in the Post.

Ben Giles of the Washington Examiner writes that House lawmakers said yesterday that they want to change casino legislation approved by the Senate so that Maryland benefits more from dramatically enhanced gambling revenue.

The House Ways and Means Committee scrutinized a plan for a referendum that could bring table games and a sixth licensed casino to Maryland. Key leaders expressed doubts about the financial sweeteners for casino operators in the bill, which passed the Senate March 23, Megan Poinski writes for MarylandReporter.com.

And the Sun editorial board says that the Senate bill to add another slots parlor and table games promises massive benefits to casino operators but offers little to the state.

GUN RULING APPEAL: Maryland’s attorney general’s office has filed a notice on plans to appeal last month’s ruling that a portion of the state’s gun permit law is unconstitutional, the AP is reporting in the Daily Record.

JONES APPEALS FOR SEAT: The Sun’s Nicole Fuller is reporting that an attorney for former Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones has appealed a judge’s recent ruling, in an attempt to regain his seat when he finishes serving time in federal prison later this year.

LEOPOLD SCANDAL: Adam May of WJZ-TV reports on the latest on the scandal surrounding charges that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold abused the power of his office and the deputy police chief who is turning into a whistle-blower.

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