Tag: Chris Christie

Real GOP debate: Focus on issues unimpeded by moderator excess

What a difference a new debate panel of questioners makes, writes Rick Vatz. Tuesday night’s debate was everything the now infamous CNBC was not: it was well moderated; it comprised critical issues; and there were not the conflicting dramas of tension among the candidates and tension with the moderators. And repeatedly, clear policy recommendations and clashes were articulately, if not eloquently, argued.

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Historic Republican gains in Maryland as Hogan wins; GOP picks up execs, House and Senate seats

Maryland Republicans made historic gains in Tuesday’s election. Larry Hogan Jr. became just the third Republican elected governor in the past 50 years, winning by almost the same 51.5% margin and carrying almost the same number of counties as Gov. Bob Ehrlich, the last Republican chief executive 12 years ago. Sen. Allan Kittleman became just the second Republican Howard County executive in its history, and Del. Steve Schuh, as expected, kept the Anne Arundel County executive office in GOP hands. On the Lower Shore, Bob Culver defeated Democrat Richard Pollitt, the first Wicomico County executive.

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Rascovar: Election Eve conclusions in the Brown-Hogan race

On the eve of Maryland’s unexpectedly close gubernatorial election, some tentative conclusions can be drawn:
Anthony Brown did quite well in attracting Democrats to the polls during last week’s early voting. Republican Larry Hogan can take comfort in the hefty early voting on the Eastern Shore. That Congressional District cast more votes last week than anywhere else.

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Blue Maryland can go Republican with Hogan, Christie says

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie assured Republican volunteers in Bethesda Tuesday morning that a Republican can be elected in a blue state like Maryland.

“It can happen,” said Christie, who was in town raising money for Larry Hogan, Jr., the Republican nominee for governor. “I’m here to tell you, I’m living proof. And, it can also happen more than once.”

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