Monday, September 11, 2006

Maryland Senate Race "Grand Daddy of all primaries"

The folks at Hang Right Politics are finally getting it "Right" on how to review black politics.

COgirl at Hang Right says, This is probably the granddaddy of all the primaries on Tuesday, with the biggest race being for the Senate seat of retiring Democrat, Paul Sarbanes. Current Republican Lt. Governor Michael Steele will easily beat out a field of others seeking the right to run.

The action is all on the Democratic side. There, Congressman Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume, former Congressman and former head of the NAACP, are ahead of a long list of contenders. The most recent poll by Survey USA showed Mfume ahead of Cardin by 4%, but other polls have shown Cardin ahead. I have read that Cardin has run a lackluster campaign and has taken victory for granted so Tuesday will be telling.

The most interesting thing about this race is that if Steele runs agains Cardin, polling shows that Cardin wins the seat. But if it’s Steele versus Mfume, it’s too close to call. And in that case, Maryland will be represented by a Black American regardless of whether it’s Steele or Mfume. So this is without a doubt the most interesting race to follow on Tuesday evening because it potentially leads the way for a GOP pickup in the Senate.

The other interesting race to watch in November is for Governor. Incumbent Republican Robert Ehrlich will run against the expected winner of the Democratic primary, Martin O’Malley the mayor of Baltimore. Polling shows O’Malley ahead in that race.

There are 8 Congressional districts in Maryland with only 2 being held by the GOP. The only open seat is that being held by Cardin. The Blogging Caesar does not expect a pickup by either party in November.

Hat Hang Right Politics


At 9/11/2006 11:00:00 AM, Anonymous COgirl said...

Thanks for the link to my post.

Black voters in Maryland will be the deciding factor in the race tomorrow. No doubt about it. I believe that this Senate race is under the radar with the Democratic party taking a win for granted. Stay tuned.


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