A No Good Day
There’s no lipstick to put on this pig. A wipeout of Republican candidates in Frederick. Losing the Mayor’s race in Annapolis, with two Aldermanic seats up in the air.
Not a lot of good came from this Election Day.
There will be a lot of banter and speculation as to why what happened happened. We really aren’t sure. Sure, it didn’t help that some Republicans abandoned Annapolis and Frederick to go campaign in Virginia. Sure it didn’t help that some faux celebrities wanted to make election weekend all about them. But you’d be hard-pressed to say that those were related to the outcome.
Some people are already jumping to wild-eyed conclusions. Democratic operatives are ignoring all of the empirical polling evidence to declare that the results tonight mean that Governor Larry Hogan is finished. Some Vichy Republicans are declaring this “the end of the Maryland Republican Party.” Well….
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Neither statement is even remotely in line with reality. In an environment where Governor Hogan starts with 25% of Democratic voters likely to vote for him and running against the survivor of a war of attrition of has-beens and never-will-bes, he remains the favorite. One year from tonight, Governor Larry Hogan will be re-elected.