A “debate” with eight candidates — or 10 or 12 — is not really a debate, as the televised Republican presidential debates last year have shown. They are hampered by uneven questioning and unfair allocation of time. Both those qualities hurt Thursday night’s “debate” by eight Republican candidates running for the chance to unseat Democrat John Delaney in the 6th Congressional District, one of Maryland’s eight gerrymandered House seats that might be seriously in play. This story includes links to other coverage, and a full video of the forum.
In the final hours of Maryland’s most closely contested congressional race on Sunday, 6th district incumbent Republican Roscoe Bartlett was marching in a veterans parade and then phoning voters for hours, while Democratic challenger John Delaney was knocking on doors in Hagerstown and urging on volunteers at his own phone banks.
Congressional incumbents in Maryland are crushing their challengers in the crucial fundraising contest, except in the highly competitive 6th Congressional District, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Maryland is still the undisputed U.S. champion when it comes to drawing sprawling, weirdly shaped congressional districts, according to a soon-to-be-released national study. Maryland has the least compact congressional districts in the nation, based on four mathematical tools for compactness, Azavea, a geographic information services firm in Philadelphia, plans to report in a white paper.
For some analysts, the 6th Congressional District race is all but over for incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Last week, several national, independent political reporting firms moved the race from “leans” Democratic to “likely” Democratic. But also last week, Bartlett’s campaign began to show a pulse.
Even without the $1.7 million Democratic congressional candidate John Delaney loaned himself to defeat party establishment favorite Rob Garagiola, Delaney managed to raise twice as much money during the primary election as Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, now his general election opponent.
But heading into the fall campaign, both candidates started with about $300,000 cash on hand. And Delaney’s campaign says the wealthy commercial banker from Potomac will not be financing himself, as he did for much his primary expenses.
After weeks of a relatively subdued campaign, a group allegedly aligned with 10-term Republican Roscoe Bartlett sent a bombshell of an email on Saturday to registered Republicans in Montgomery County’s newly drawn 6th Congressional District attacking Sen. David Brinkley.
The Republican candidates for the seat in the redrawn 6th Congressional District took part in a two-hour debate Sunday sponsored by AARP Maryland and MarylandReporter.com. The candidates got to introduce themselves and answer questions on seven different topics.
The Democratic candidates for the seat in the redrawn 6th Congressional District took part in a two-hour debate Sunday sponsored by AARP Maryland and MarylandReporter.com. The candidates answered questions on 12 different topics.