State Roundup, April 27, 2016

CHARTING THE PRIMARY: Here’s the overall primary results from the Sun.  Here’s the overall primary results in the Post.

VAN HOLLEN BEATS EDWARDS: Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a seven-term congressman who has risen rapidly through the ranks of the Democratic leadership in Washington, won the party’s nomination for Maryland’s open Senate seat Tuesday, John Fritze reports for the Sun.

SZELIGA WINS IN GOP SENATE PRIMARY: Kathy Szeliga, a state lawmaker from Baltimore County, won the GOP nomination for Maryland’s open Senate seat on Tuesday. She now faces the daunting task of running as a Republican in a state that hasn’t elected a GOP senator since 1980. John Fritze writes in the Sun that Szeliga, 54, will face an uphill fight this year in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Democrats enjoy a two-to-one advantage in registration in Maryland.

RASKIN WIN IN 8th CONGRESSIONAL: State Sen. Jamie Raskin defeated self-funded businessman David Trone and former television news anchor Kathleen Matthews in the most expensive congressional primary race in the nation — a crowded contest in Maryland’s Montgomery County-based 8th District. On the Republican side, attorney Dan Cox, a former Town Council president from Dorchester County, defeated a field of four other candidates, Jeff Barker reports in the Sun.

BROWN BEATS IVEY: Former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown — who lost the 2014 gubernatorial race — defeated county prosecutor Glenn F. Ivey in the Democratic primary for the open congressional seat in the Prince George’s County-centered 4th District, writes Jeff Barker in the Sun.

6 HOUSE INCUMBENTS WIN PRIMARY: Maryland’s six House incumbents all coasted to victory Tuesday in their primary races, Matthew Hay Brown reports for the Sun. Democraitc Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Sarbanes, Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer and John Delaney and Republican Rep. Andy Harris faced little or no competition. Given the partisan makeup and voting histories of the state’s House districts, all six incumbents enter the general election campaign as heavy favorites to win reelection in November.

HOEBER TO CHALLENGE DELANEY: The general election race to represent Maryland’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives will pit a first-time Republican with national defense and security expertise against a two-term Democratic incumbent, writes Nancy Lavin in the Frederick News Post. Amie Hoeber emerged the GOP victor on Tuesday with 29% of the vote, while Democratic Rep. John Delaney cinched his party’s nomination by an overwhelming 85%.

PUGH WIN IN MAYOR’S RACE: State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh narrowly defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the crowded Democratic primary for Baltimore mayor — a race many called the most important in a generation with the city still recovering from the rioting of last April, report Yvonne Wenger and Luke Broadwater for the Sun.

CECIL COUNTY EXEC RACE: Cecil County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy trumped the field of four candidates Tuesday night as ballots were tallied in the race for Cecil County executive on the Republican ticket. McCarthy will now face Wayne Tome, the only Democrat running for county executive, in the Nov. 8 general election, Cheryl Mattix reports for the Cecil Whig.

CLINTON WINS DEM NOD: Hillary Clinton added to her aura of inevitability Tuesday by winning primaries in Maryland and three other states, Erin Cox of the Sun reports. Maryland was the second-biggest prize among the five East Coast states casting ballots Tuesday in the so-called Acela primary.

TRUMP WINS GOP NOD: Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump swept the primaries in Maryland and four other states Tuesday to further solidify his lead in the Republican presidential nominating contest, Erin Cox of the Sun reports. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s over,” the billionaire New York real estate developer said in New York.

TRUMP MOCKS CLINTON: While celebrating sweeping victories in five primaries Tuesday night, Donald Trump mocked the qualifications of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and suggested she was playing “the women’s card” to her advantage in the presidential race, the Post is reporting.  “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card,” Trump said during a press conference at Trump Tower. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

ON TO THE GOP CONVENTION: Newly elected District 5 Republican National Convention delegate Jim Crawford is ready for a fight, though he does not think it will be necessary, Stephen Pimpo reports for the Annapolis Capital. For the first time in 40 years a major party presidential candidate could be chosen on a contested convention ballot. “Personally, I’m not expecting it, but we’re ready if it happens,” said Crawford, who is a Donald Trump supporter.

I votedVOTING HOURS EXTENDED FOR SOME: Voting was extended by one hour at four polling locations in Baltimore Tuesday evening after the U.S. Senate campaign of Rep. Donna Edwards sought a court order to keep open sites where voting had been delayed, writes Justin Fenton in the Sun.

MISSING ‘I VOTED’ STICKERS: Baltimore’s election director said his staff did not include the “I Voted” stickers in the cabinets sent to the city’s 296 precincts, but shortly after noon, packs were sent out to polling places, writes Yvonne Wenger for the Sun.  “I’ll take the blame for that,” said Armstead B.C. Jones Sr., the election director.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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