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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland is expected to be heavier than normal, because the nominations for president haven't yet been determined.

Adding to voter interest, a high-profile U.S. Senate race is being decided Tuesday. There are also two strongly contested U.S. House primaries.

In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.Both candidates represent

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be making a stop at the Harrington Fairground on Friday afternoon.

According to his website the event will kick off at 3 p.m. and will be located in the Quillen Arena.

The tickets are available on the campaign website.

This comes on the heels of tonight’s appearance at the Stephen Decatur High in Worcester County beginning a 7 p.m.

Doors open at 4 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Eighteen months after he lost a bid for the state's highest office, Maryland's former lieutenant governor is finding that a safely Democratic seat in Congress is no easy consolation prize.

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Voting centers will be open from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 8 p.m.

Early voting for Maryland's April 26 primary runs through April 21. There is at least one early voting center in each county.

Ballots should be cast at designated early voting centers in county of residence.

Voters will be choosing nominees for president and a U.S. Senate seat, as well as nominees for congressional seats. Baltimore voters will be picking a nominee for mayor.

Addresses for the early voting centers are available at www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early-voting.html 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering a bill mandating that all school elections in Delaware be done by mail.

The legislation to be considered by a Senate committee Wednesday also requires that school board elections and referendums be held on the second Tuesday of May.

The legislation also limits participating in school elections to registered voters.

The bill was introduced after some lawmakers received complaints last year about a successful Red Clay school district tax referendum.

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SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich will campaign in Maryland, a day ahead of the start of early voting for the state's primary.
 
The Republican candidate will host a town hall Wednesday afternoon at historic Savage Mill in Howard County.
 
Early voting in Maryland runs from Thursday through April 21.
 
Maryland will hold its primary April 26, along with Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

 

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The residents of Pocomoke City could be going to the polls once again.

After a voting machine discrepancy this week the local Board of Elections is recommending a revote by those whose ballots were counted by the machine.

Write in votes would not change.

This leaves 132 voters with the option of an absentee ballot or casting their ballots at a polling place on a specific day.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the problem arose when the count for each candidate was not equal to the total number of votes cast.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A conservative group is taking its fight against a Delaware campaign finance law to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Delaware Strong Families filed a petition last week asking the court to hear the case.

The group is challenging a 2012 law regarding third-party entities working independently of political candidates to influence elections.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Rep. Bryon Short has dropped out of the crowded race for Delaware's lone congressional seat, citing fundraising problems.

The Highland Woods Democrat released a statement Monday saying he couldn't keep up with the fundraising demands to replace U.S. Congressman John Carney, a Democrat running for governor, ahead of September's primary.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state senators are pushing to keep secret any communications they had with outside consultants as part of an ongoing legal battle over redistricting.
 
The Daily Press reports that a bipartisan group of senators want the Virginia Supreme Court to rule on whether lawmakers have to disclose communications with consultants.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is signaling it probably will reject a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia.
 
The court's liberal justices sounded skeptical Monday about a challenge brought by Republican members of Congress who want the Supreme Court to reinstate a districting map that had been tossed out by a lower court.
 
The lower court said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
 
A 4-4 tie would uphold the lower court ruling.
 
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan still isn't saying whether he would support Donald Trump, if the billionaire wins the GOP presidential nomination.

Hogan told The Associated Press on Thursday evening after catching a beer at an Irish pub during St. Patrick's Day festivities that "probably" out of the remaining Republicans in the race he likes Ohio Gov. John Kasich the best.

Hogan initially endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race last month and endorsed Trump.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The six Democrats vying for their party's nomination to fill Delaware's vacant lieutenant governor's seat are introducing themselves to votes and outlining their platforms.

The candidates gathered Thursday evening for a forum at Delaware State University, mostly sticking to their talking points while answering questions about how they see the role of lieutenant governor and what they would do in office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen is sponsoring a measure to put a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman at the U.S. Capitol.

The Maryland Democrat is making the announcement Thursday on Harriet Tubman Day, the anniversary of her death in 1913.

In 2012, Maryland lawmakers formed a panel to find an artist and pay for a statue to donate. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House is set to vote on legislation regarding contributions to and from political parties.

The bill to be considered Thursday raises the maximum allowable contribution from a political party to a candidate for state House from $3,000 to $5,000, equal to the maximum for Senate candidates. It also raises the maximum amount an individual can contribute to a political party in an election cycle from $20,000 to $30,000.

The bill also establishes quarterly campaign finance reporting periods, similar to federal reporting requirements. 

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory in the Virginia presidential primary yesterday.

Trump edged out his rivals with 34% of the vote to Senator Marco Rubio who came in with 31%.

Senator Ted Cruz picked up 16%.

On the Democratic side Clinton won an overwhelming victory with 63% of the vote to Senator Bernie Sanders who received 35%.

Elections officials said that turnout in Virginia's Republican presidential primary was substantially higher than it was in 2008, the last primary in which no incumbents were running.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Democratic congressman and former head of the NAACP Kweisi Mfume has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, her campaign says.

The Clinton campaign announced Mfume's endorsement in a news release on Monday.

Mfume says Clinton has a track record of working for everyday people, especially on issues important to the African American and Latino communities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for the Democratic Party of Virginia are headed to federal court to argue that the state's voter ID law is unconstitutional.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday morning. It's expected to last at least a week.

Democrats filed the lawsuit last year challenging the 2013 law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. They claim the law illegally depresses minority voting.

Republicans who championed the law say it's a common-sense protection against election fraud.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland residents challenging their state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts are adding more plaintiffs to their case.

A motion submitted in the case Tuesday adds six new plaintiffs to the original three. The case was initially thrown out, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December that was premature.

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Georgetown Town Council member David Anderson in his second year in office has quit citing personal reasons.

The Town Council will be searching for a replacement to serve out the rest of his term which ends in May or this year.

The new term from 2016 to 2018 will be filled through a municipal election

The fourth ward covers the area south of West Market Street and west of South Bedford Street.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's top election official wants to scrap touch-screen voting machines in favor of paper ballots for early voting before the April primaries.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam raised $660,000 last year for his gubernatorial campaign while his potential GOP challenger Ed Gillespie raised $483,000.

Gillespie raised virtually all of that amount in December, while Northam has been fundraising since April, newly filed campaign finance reports show.

Northam also raised an additional $63,000 for his lieutenant governor campaign account since October.

Republican attorney general hopeful Del. Rob Bell reported raising $635,000, with most of that coming from his House of Delegates account.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative panel has rejected a bill to allow early voting by everyone up to three weeks before a general election.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the proposal by Del. Rip Sullivan of Arlington County was one of four Democrat-backed voting measures killed by a House subcommittee's Republican majority Tuesday. Two similar bills also were rejected, along with one to expedite getting 18-year-olds added to the voter rolls.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a bid by Donald Trump supporters to block the use of a party affiliation statement in Virginia's Republican presidential primary.

U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck declined to issue a preliminary injunction Thursday.

GOP leaders last month persuaded the Virginia State Board of Elections to require voters in the party's March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming that they are Republicans. Three black pastors are sued, arguing that the "loyalty oath" violates their civil and free-speech rights.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a new congressional map for Virginia on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries.

A three-judge panel last week ordered the state to impose a new redistricting plan crafted by a court-appointed expert. The panel had previously ruled that lawmakers in 2012 illegally packed black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Bobby Scott, to make surrounding districts safer for GOP incumbents.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump are suing Virginia election officials over a state GOP requirement that 2016 primary voters sign a statement affirming they are Republicans.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, three black pastors said such a "loyalty oath" would violate their civil rights and would discriminate against African-American and Hispanic voters.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has unanimously sided with Maryland residents who say a judge prematurely threw out their challenge to the state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts
 
The court ruled Tuesday that federal law requires that the Maryland case be heard by a panel of three judges, not the lone judge who dismissed the challenge.
 
Justice Antonin Scalia said the law "could not be clearer."
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Rob Bell has announced his candidacy for Virginia attorney general, positioning himself as a tough-on-crime conservative who would oppose what he considers burdensome federal regulations.

He held a Capitol news conference Thursday to announce his candidacy for the 2017 race while also taking aim at the incumbent attorney general and his likely general election opponent, Democrat Mark Herring.

Bell represents a Charlottesville-area district and was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Chrys Kefalas, who worked as an attorney in former Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration, says he is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Kefalas made the announcement Tuesday.

Kefalas advised Ehrlich on clemency issues, which was a priority of the Republican governor during his tenure from 2003 to 2007.

Kefalas, 36, is from Parkville in Baltimore County. He has worked for the Justice Department and the National Association of Manufacturers since his job in the Ehrlich administration.

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