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BALTIMORE (AP)- Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a policy consultant and wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says she'll seek the Democratic nomination for governor in Maryland.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is seeking a second term in next year's election.

Rockeymoore Cummings says she's concerned about economic inequality in the state.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The lieutenant governor's race in Virginia features a Republican who is doing everything she can to differentiate herself from the rest of the party. Her opponent says she can't run away from her conservative record.

Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor, and Republican Jill Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, are running for lieutenant governor in next month's election. The post offers few formal duties other than breaking ties in the state Senate. But it invariably serves as a launching post for future gubernatorial runs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled legislative commission has asked for a broad study of the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.

The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution Tuesday asking staff to do the study. The move comes a month before Herring faces a challenge from Republican John Adams in the election.

The study would include how the office spends proceeds from asset forfeiture and an examination of salary increases.

Herring's spokesman called it an "obvious political stunt."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit northern Virginia this weekend to campaign with Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam.

Northam's campaign announced Tuesday that Biden and Northam will host a roundtable discussion on workforce development Saturday in Reston.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to appear the same day with Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. The two are set to attend a rally in Abingdon, in southwest Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence will be campaigning in southwest Virginia this week with Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. 

Gillespie spokesman David Abrams says Pence and Gillespie will appear at a rally Saturday in Abingdon. It will be Pence's first campaign event for Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman who is facing Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A candidate for the Maryland Democratic Party's nomination for governor wants a judge to rule she's eligible to seek the office.

A Maryland gubernatorial candidate must have been a Maryland resident and registered voter for five years immediately preceding the election.

The Washington Post reports that in a filing Friday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Krishanti Vignarajah says she was always a registered voter, although she did not vote in Maryland for 10 years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The candidates for lieutenant governor in next month's Virginia elections drew deep distinctions on gun control and other issues during sometimes sharp verbal exchanges at their final debate.

Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel squared off Thursday evening in Richmond.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - As the Virginia attorney general's race heats up, Republican challenger John Adams and Democratic incumbent Mark Herring are releasing new television ads.

An ad by Adams to begin airing this weekend criticizes Herring for using money from a 2014 Medicaid fraud settlement to pay raises for lawyers in his office. Adams called those "backdoor pay raises."

It's the latest in a series of attack ads that both Adams and Herring have used in the race.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam has canceled several campaign events following the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

The events were expected to feature former Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has pushed for stronger gun control after she survived a gunshot wound to the head in 2011. Giffords and her husband were planning to praise Northam for supporting "responsible gun violence prevention policies" at a series of roundtable discussions in northern Virginia.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry has announced she will not seek re-election.

The 73-year-old Wilmington Democrat released a statement Thursday announcing her decision. Wilmington City Councilman Samuel Guy said he will run to replace Henry.

Henry is the only black woman to ever serve in the Delaware Senate. She was first elected in 1994.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor all promise to change the state's tax code.

Republican Ed Gillespie is promising an across-the-board cut on income taxes, Democrat Ralph Northam vows to cut grocery sales taxes for the poor, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra wants to ban some local business taxes.

But promising tax reform is a lot easier than enacting it once elected. Competing special interests and political concerns have hampered past efforts, and past governors have not always lived up to their campaign promises.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is helping raise money for the Democratic candidate in Virginia's closely watched race for governor.

An invitation obtained by The Associated Press says Clinton is the featured guest at a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in New York on Oct. 4.

Northam is facing Republican Ed Gillespie in one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in November. The swing-state contest is viewed as a possible referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that mobilized black voters for Hillary Clinton plans spend more than $1 million in Virginia ahead of November's closely watched governor's race.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Black Progressive Action Coalition plans to spend $600,000 on voter education. An affiliated political action committee plans to spend $500,000 on mailers and digital ads.

The money will be spent on behalf of Democrats on the statewide ticket. That includes gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A restaurant owner in Maryland's state capital has defeated a longtime state senator in the Democratic mayoral primary in Annapolis.

Gavin Buckley, who's making his first run for public office, campaigned as a candidate with new ideas.

State Sen. John Astle, who has represented Annapolis in the state Senate for more than 20 years, conceded the race Tuesday night, less than an hour after poll close.

Incumbent Mayor Mike Pantelides cruised to victory over attorney Nevin Young in the Republican primary.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he will not run for governor.

Published reports quoted Gansler as saying he has no plans to enter the crowded Democratic primary for next year's election.

Gansler unsuccessfully ran against then-Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor.

He is now a partner in the Washington law firm of Buckley Sandler. Gansler served eight years as Maryland's attorney general. He also was Montgomery County's state's attorney for eight years.

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AP)- The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor argued over taxes, President Donald Trump and what the state should do with its numerous Confederate statues.

Republican Ed Gillespie said at a debate in Northern Virginia on Tuesday that he's the only candidate with a sense of urgency and the right policies, which include cutting taxes to improve the state's economy, which he said is floundering.

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MCLEAN, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates running to be the next governor of Virginia are set to square off at the their second debate.

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will met Tuesday evening at Capitol One's headquarters in Northern Virginia.

It's the second of three debates and is hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The city of Annapolis is holding its primary for voters to choose candidates for mayor and city council.

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides is running against Nevin Young in the Republican primary on Tuesday. State Sen. John Astle and Gavin Buckley, an Annapolis small business owner, are running in the Democratic primary for mayor.

Voters also will be choosing candidates for the eight seats on the City Council in Annapolis, which is the state capital.

Polls open at 7 a.m. They close at 8 p.m.

The general election is Nov. 7.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is joining Maryland's crowded race for governor.

The Baltimore Sun reports that he plans to officially make the announcement Monday morning. 

The 59-year-old Democrat has been county executive since December 2010. He told The Sun that he's created jobs, improved schools and protected the environment during his tenure. And he said he's done so without raising taxes.

The Democratic primary for governor is a crowded one for next year's election.

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Saturday’s Dewey Beach elections saw incumbent Mayor Dale Cooke returned to office and was joined by newcomers on the town commission Paul Bauer and TJ Redefer.

Redefer and Bauer received the most votes with over 400 while Cooke who has been on the commission for a number of terms and is also Mayor got 399.

The two incumbents who lost were Diane Hansen and Jill Compello.

The elections come amidst allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by the Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has scheduled an announcement widely expected to be about his political future.

Kamenetz, a Democrat who has been weighing a run for governor, says he'll be making a special announcement in Towson on Monday.

Sean Naron, a campaign spokesman, declined to comment Sunday afternoon on the nature of the announcement.

Kamenetz has been county executive since December 2010.

The Democratic primary for governor is a crowded one for next year's election.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Ralph Northam has surged to a campaign fundraising edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race in Virginia.

The latest campaign finance reports for July and August were filed late Friday.

They show that Northam went from a $1.5 million cash-on-hand disadvantage on July 1 to a $3 million edge as of Aug. 30.

Northam's campaign now has a balance of about $5.6 million, compared to $2.6 million for Gillespie's campaign.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for stricter gun laws says it will pump at least $1 million into state races in Virginia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is donating $450,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. It also plans to spend another $250,000 on campaign mailers to support him.

The group is also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid. The Democrat is facing attacks ads from the National Rifle Association.

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The Democratic race for governor in Maryland is becoming crowded. Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea decided to enter the race but he is hardly a household name on the Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate during his visit to the area to talk about his campaign.

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With Maryland state elections looming next year Republican Governor Larry Hogan is riding high with an approval rating of over 60 percent in the public opinion polls. In our final segment Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the prospects for his Democratic party going int0 2018.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The longtime mayor of a popular Delaware beach town has been ousted after more than 25 years in office.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, who first took office in 1990, was defeated in municipal elections Saturday by Paul Kuhns, who currently serves as one of six city commissioners.

Kuhns garnered 761 votes, while Cooper got 543 votes.

In other results, incumbent Kathy McGuiness and newcomer Lisa Schlosser were elected commissioners.

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Former Mayor Jim Ireton who now occupies a seat on the Salisbury City Council has decided to make a run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County.

During his announcement on the steps of the Government Office Building he said his decision was about public service.

Ireton sited his administrative experience as mayor overseeing a city government of 400 people with a budget of more than $50 million.

The clerk position is locally elected and oversees civil, criminal and juvenile responsibilities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former aide to Michelle Obama is running for governor of Maryland.

Krish Vignarajah announced Wednesday she is entering the race for the Democratic nomination. She has scheduled an official campaign kick-off for Sept. 19.

She says she's running because she is worried her daughter won't have the same opportunities she has had.

She's the first woman to enter the race. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, has said she is thinking about running.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State auditors will review the Virginia Department of Elections after several technical problems have raised questions about the reliability of the software that powers the state's voter system.
 
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that last month, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution instructing its staff to conduct an in-depth review of the elections agency.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A government watchdog group in Maryland has released a report on how much it costs to run a campaign for state legislative offices.

Common Cause Maryland released an analysis of fundraising totals from the 2014 election cycle on Monday.

It found that state senators averaged about $290,000 in campaign contributions from 2011 to 2014. That's compared to a nearly $80,000 average for delegates.

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