5 things to watch in every state: Maryland

I can’t. I’m sorry. There’s not 5 things I’m interested in watching in Maryland.  There are only three.

  1. U.S. House of Representatives Maryland’s 6th Congressional District: Democratic incumbent John Delaney won election in 2012 over Republican incumbent Roscoe Bartlett.  Delaney faced a tougher than expected challenge in 2014 against the embattled Republican Dan Bongino.  Delaney only was able to win by slightly less than 3,000 votes.  Many of those votes probably did not show up as there was a turnout decrease from 1119,000 votes from 2012 to 2014.  George Gluck was a Green Party candidate on the ballot who was able to get 3,762 votes, as well. Delaney is running on a slightly more crowded ballot.  He is facing Republican Amie Hoeber and there is a Libertarian Party candidate and a Green Party candidate.  It’s probably going to be somewhat of a blowout for Delaney but since he very nearly lost in 2014, it’s worth watching.
  2. U.S. House of Representatives Maryland’s 8th Congressional District: This is a very Democratic district and is probably not worth watching, in all honesty, unless you have a lot of time and bandwith to be able to do so.  The reason it is on my list is because of the crowded Democratic primary that happened in this district earlier this year.  Jamie Raskin was able to win the Democratic primary with 33.6% of the vote.  He will very likely be elected with close to 60% of the vote, next Tuesday.
  3. Question 1: There is but one statewide ballot measure on the Maryland ballot.  The ballot question is to affirm that when an appointment is made to Attorney General and Comptroller, political parties are preserved.  So if an Attorney General is a Democrat and resigns, the Governor would have to appoint a Democrat to replace him or her.  The opposition to the ballot measure has mainly been from elected Republicans.  The reason for this is that there is a Republican Governor in Maryland but most other offices are Democrats so it would potentially take away power from the Governor.  If the situation was reversed, I am quite certain that Republicans would support the measure.