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August 4, 2013
Don Murphy's proposal to have the Republican Party endorse candidates in the primary election is a road rife with land mines and undercuts the laudable goal of opening the primary to unaffiliated voters (" Maryland GOP's choice: Reform or lose," July 31). An open primary may "improve outcomes in the general election," but party endorsements of primary candidates could have an unwelcome, negative impact. Independent voters are by definition independent-minded and would recoil at the party hierarchy trying to dictate choices on the ballot.
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By Michael Dresser | August 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ended the most recent campaign finance reporting period with just over $1 million in the bank. His Republican rival, George Harman, reported just under $3,000. What the two have in common is that they both filed their reports well before Tuesday night's midnight deadline. This year's executive race was never expected to be particularly close, but Kamenetz'  roughly 333-1 advantage illustrates the power of incumbency in an increasingly Democratic-leaning county.
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September 17, 1998
AFTER A lively Republican primary in Carroll County, the Browns are out but most political veterans are still alive for the general election Nov. 3.More Republicans than Democrats voted Tuesday, with all but two local races and the 6th Congressional District race requiring GOP voters to make a primary choice. In a county that is decidedly Republican, GOP primary contests often determine the winners in November.The biggest surprises were the defeat of outspoken two-term Sheriff John H. Brown and the resounding loss handed W. Benjamin Brown, who ran for state delegate after terms as county commissioner and mayor of Westminster.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
George Harman won the Republican primary for Baltimore County executive last month by 20 votes, election officials said after a rare recount. Harman, an environmental consultant from Reisterstown, will face Democratic County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in the general election. "I'm going to focus on open, honest and ethical government," Harman said. GOP rival Tony Campbell requested the recount last week after trailing Harman by 18 votes in the June 24 primary election. Officials began counting about 28,000 ballots Tuesday morning and finished that evening.
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February 1, 2008
Maryland primary Maryland's presidential primary elections take place Feb. 12. Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP primary, and only registered Democrats may vote in the Democratic primary.
NEWS
August 27, 1995
For the city's 32,000 registered Republicans -- and 18,000 registered independents who can vote in the GOP primary -- the mayoral race is a low-key contest between Victor Clark, a car salesman, Arthur Coffey, a retired budget analyst, and S. Scott McCown, a security consultant.The Sun endorses Mr. Clark, a one-time Democrat who 20 years ago became a GOP convert and is the second vice chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. His leadership offers the best hope to begin the process of building a genuine two-party system in this city.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2002
Despite spirited challenges from Democrats in some races, Carroll County yesterday returned an all-Republican General Assembly delegation to Annapolis, led by State Sen. Larry E. Haines, who handily won a fourth term. Haines, the district's senators since 1991, defeated political newcomer Ronald Zepp by a margin of more than 3-1. In central Carroll's District 5A, which includes Westminster, Finksburg, Hampstead and Manchester, Dels. Carmen Amedori and Nancy R. Stocksdale turned back a challenge from Democrat Robert P. Wack.
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | September 12, 1990
Charles I. Ecker, a 61-year-old retired educator, won by a better than 2-to-1 margin last night in the Republican primary for the right to face incumbent Howard County Executive Elizabeth Bobo in the general election.Mr. Ecker, a well-financed candidate who had the GOP establishment's support, defeated Gilbert E. South, a 54-year-old businessman who lost to Ms. Bobo in 1986.Ms. Bobo was unopposed in the primary.The only County Council members opposed in the primary -- Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, and Charles C. Feaga, R-5th -- were victorious but now must face new challengers in the general election.
NEWS
September 8, 1992
Seven states hold primary elections today for major offices after campaigns that offered a taste of topics to come in November. From the Alaska hustings, to the Wisconsin homes getting political ads, to Florida and its post-hurricane balloting, the issues included the economy, the federal deficit, abortion, family values and whether to oust or spare incumbents.The highlights:* ALASKA: Ten-term Republican Rep. Don Young, involved in House check scandal, against state Sen. Virginia Collins.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2000
SALISBURY -- Eight Republican hopefuls for the U.S. Senate took their campaigns last night to the hometown of Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, the four-term Democrat each hopes to challenge next fall. Striving for recognition just two-and-a-half weeks before voters will select one of them in the GOP primary March 7, the candidates spoke to a crowd of about 100, knowing that the 90-minute forum was being broadcast live on cable television and will soon be available via the Internet. The event was organized by the GOP central committees of Somerset, Worcester, Wicomico and Dorchester counties.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Primary races settled this week reflect the underlying divide in the Maryland's minority party, pitting Republicans who stand on conservative principle against those who are willing to be more pragmatic as the underdogs in a blue state. In some cases the ideologues triumphed; in others the moderates squeaked out a victory. It's a push-and-pull that echoes fights dogging the Republican Party nationally. In Frederick, a conservative delegate toppled the state Senate minority leader by accusing him of compromising with Democrats.
NEWS
May 21, 2014
The centrist shift of the Republican Party, first observed last fall with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's landslide re-election, continued this week with GOP establishment candidates defeating tea party challengers in primary races. The most visible was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's trouncing of a conservative opponent who was once running ahead of him in polls. Mr. McConnell is nobody's moderate, but he's no tea party absolutist either. What he represents — and what voters in Kentucky clearly endorsed — is an establishment Republican, the kind who believes in lower taxes and smaller government but not in shutting down the federal government or other forms of self-destructive behavior in the cause of extremism.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
Here's a riddle for you: When is a tax cut not a tax cut? Answer: When it happens during a contentious Republican primary race for Anne Arundel County executive. The current executive, Laura Neuman, proposed her budget for fiscal 2015 last week, and it includes a very modest reduction in Arundel's property tax rate, from 95 cents per $100 in assessed value to 94.3 cents. Her primary opponent, Del. Steve Schuh, dismissed talk of a tax cut as "misleading," arguing that she is doing no more than complying with the requirements of Anne Arundel's strict property tax cap. He's certainly right about the last part, but he's wrong if he's implying that she should have done anything different.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
Republican candidates for Maryland governor criticized the O'Malley administration - but rarely each other - in a tame radio debate today that touched on the state's handgun permit law and 2013 death penalty repeal. The 60-minute, morning debate was broadcast and streamed live on WBAL radio. Host Jimmy Mathis solicited questions from listeners. The four candidates -- Harford County Executive David R. Craig , Del. Ron George of Annapolis, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar -- spent much of the debate drawing contrasts between their respective positions and those of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is prevented by term limits from running again.
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By Michael Dresser | February 25, 2014
Del. Ron George said Tuesday that he has selected former Frederick Alderman Shelley Aloi as his running mate in his bid for the Republican nomination for governor. George, a two-term legislator from Anne Arundel County, presented Aloi as his choice for lieutenant governor at an Annapolis news conference. Tuesday was the last day to file candidacy papers for the June 24 primary. Aloi, 53, served a single term as an alderman. She was defeated when she took on Frederick's incumbent Republican mayor, Randy McClement, in last year's municipal election.
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February 18, 2014
I found it quite telling that The Sun focused on the fact that the Democratic primary for governor is far from decided in your, "A three-way race" (Feb. 16) even though the same holds true for the Republican primary! After all, what difference does it make because a Republican has about as much chance of being elected as The Sun does of being a fair and balanced paper! Gail Householder, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
August 19, 1999
REPUBLICANS ARE fortunate to have a candidate of David Tufaro's caliber running for mayor in the Sept. 14 primary. His educational, professional and business credentials make him The Sun's choice in the GOP primary.Mr. Tufaro has been an attorney with Piper & Marbury and an executive with Oxford Development Corp. and Summit Properties. He has worked on projects as varied as Waterloo Place and the Louis Foxwell Housing for the Deaf. Mr. Tufaro has also been an active volunteer in many community and business associations.
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By Michael Dresser | August 26, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ended the most recent campaign finance reporting period with just over $1 million in the bank. His Republican rival, George Harman, reported just under $3,000. What the two have in common is that they both filed their reports well before Tuesday night's midnight deadline. This year's executive race was never expected to be particularly close, but Kamenetz'  roughly 333-1 advantage illustrates the power of incumbency in an increasingly Democratic-leaning county.
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By Brian Griffiths | February 10, 2014
On Saturday The Sun's Pamela Wood wrote about the release of the questionnaires completed and submitted to the County Council by now County Executive Laura Neuman and Del. Steve Schuh during last year's process to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Leopold. This story just highlights what an interesting year we are going to have in Anne Arundel County.  Red Maryland is fortunate in that two of us, both myself and Greg Kline, live in Anne Arundel County. We have experienced what it is like to be part of a competitive primary election process.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan said Monday that he will accept public financing in the GOP primary, becoming the second person seeking the office this year to participate in a system that had been dormant for almost two decades. The announcement came as Hogan and his running mate, former Ehrlich administration Cabinet member Boyd Rutherford, filed their candidacy papers at the State Board of Elections in Annapolis. Hogan said the decision "sends a great message.
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