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Congressman Scott Taylor faced a crowd of over 200 constituents 50 whom found themselves left outside the hall on the campus of the Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa.

The Virginia Republican took 22 questions with the audience sometimes booing, sometimes cheering.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that overall the meeting was civil unlike many of town hall faced by his Republican colleagues around the country.

Taylor said that encouraged engagement by citizens but felt disrupting a meeting was wrong.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello is apologizing for comparing President Donald Trump's victory to the attacks in the United States on Sept. 11.

Perriello said Trump's election was "a little bit like, you know, a political and constitutional September 11" during a recent campaign stop. The comments were recorded and posted in a video online.

The former congressman apologized for the comparison Wednesday on Twitter and said he would not do it again.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party says it has hired a strategist to focus on "holding Gov. Larry Hogan accountable."

Citing a statement from the Maryland Democratic Party, The Baltimore Sun reports that Bryan Lesswing has been hired as a communications adviser.

Democrats have not coalesced around a candidate to face Hogan, a popular Republican who has amassed a $5.1 million war chest for his 2018 re-election bid.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans looking to be the state's next governor are gearing up for their first debate.

Gubernatorial candidates and other statewide candidates are scheduled to appear Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville at the Paramount Theater.

The hotly contested gubernatorial contest has four candidates. They include former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart, a one-time Virginia campaign chairman of President Donald Trump.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have spiked legislation that would prohibit using campaign funds for personal use.

A Republican-controlled House panel Thursday voted down the last remaining piece of legislation that would put new limits on how lawmakers use their largely unregulated campaign accounts. Similar pieces of legislation have already been defeated this year.

Virginia has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, with lawmakers only barred from using campaign funds for personal use once they close out their accounts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's path to the presidency included the unusual step of attacking individual major companies, like retailers Macy's and Amazon.

Now insurgent candidates in Virginia's gubernatorial race - one of the most closely watched contests of 2017 - are employing the same technique.

Their target: energy giant Dominion Resources, who critics says uses its political leverage to abuse property rights and overcharge its customers for electricity.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has raised nearly $4 million over the past year for his re-election.

The governor and other Maryland officials have a midnight Wednesday deadline to file campaign fundraising reports. The Maryland Republican filed his report earlier in the day.

Hogan, who used public campaign finance funds to win the 2014 election, had a prior balance of about $2 million. Campaign finance records show he spent about $1.3 million in the last year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has a slight early lead in the money race in Virginia's closely watched 2017 gubernatorial contest.

New campaign finance reports filed late Tuesday show Northam raising more than $1.6 million in the last half of 2016. Ed Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman who is his party's establishment favorite for the GOP nomination, raised nearly $1.5 million.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie has launched his campaign for Virginia governor with a pledge to jump-start the state's economy, in part by cutting taxes.

The former Republican National Committee chairman is making a series of appearances around the state. His first three stops on Saturday were in Chantilly, Richmond and Virginia Beach.

Gillespie narrowly lost a U.S. Senate bid against Democrat Mark Warner in 2014.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Governors Association has donated $5 million to a political-action committee to help the GOP take back the Virginia governor's mansion.

The donation is the largest in Virginia political history and suggests Republicans like their chances to win this year's race for governor. However, the RGA could take the money back if that outlook changes.

Democrats have won three of the past four governors' races in Virginia, where governors are limited to a single term.

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In the Tri-State region it was a clean sweep for Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

But despite garnering the support of the Electoral College members in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia the Democrat lost nationally to president-elect Donald Trump.

Clinton picked up three delegates in Delaware, ten in Maryland and 13 in Virginia.

But the Republican nominee won the Electoral College by 304 votes to Clinton’s 227.

Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million.

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It was called a Silent Solidarity March for Unity, Justice and Equal Rights.

Around two dozen people gathered on Main Street in Newark yesterday to raise their concerns about feeling marginalized by the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Reverend Derrick Porter told the marchers that the discourse of the country must change.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a Virginia law requiring voters to show photo identification.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected a challenge from Democrats, who argued that the law suppresses voting by blacks, Latinos and young people.

The same court recently struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to produce a photo ID.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Republican Party officials have picked a Middletown businessman who has twice run unsuccessfully for a General Assembly seat as their candidate in a special election that will decide the balance of power in the state Senate.

GOP officials announced Monday that that they have selected John Marino as the Republican candidate for the upcoming special election to fill the seat being vacated by Democrat Bethany Hall-Long, who was elected lieutenant governor last month.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination for governor of Virginia.

Wittman's campaign manager made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

Wittman represents the 1st Congressional District, which runs from Hampton Roads into the Fredericksburg area and Prince William County. He says he believes he can "do the most good for Virginia" by staying in Congress.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lone Muslim state lawmaker has resigned from his Democratic leadership position, calling the presidential election a wake-up call for the party.

Media outlets report that Del. Sam Rasoul of Roanoke stepped down Friday from his post as secretary of the House of Delegates Democratic Caucus, calling for a "massive overhaul" to reconnect with working-class voters after Donald Trump's presidential victory.

In the post Rasoul held since last December, he was responsible for administrative tasks such as keeping records of meeting minutes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says he'll seek re-election in 2018 but is ruling out a presidential bid in 2020.

The former Democratic vice presidential nominee said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that his decision is final.

"Period. Full stop," Kaine said.

The 58-year-old said he wants to serve in the upper chamber for as long as he's healthy and the voters of Virginia, and his wife, allow him.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he won't seek to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

O'Malley released a statement Wednesday saying he's grateful to friends who urged him to consider running, but he won't seek the chairmanship. He says the committee needs a chairman "who can do the job fully and with total impartiality."

The announcement comes days after O'Malley said he was "taking a hard look" at the position after being approached by "many Democrats who believe our party needs new leadership."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State election data shows that the number of Maryland voters who wrote in their own candidate for president this year increased substantially compared to 2012.

The Baltimore Sun reports that about 32,000 Maryland voters wrote in a candidate for president this year. That's up from 10,309 voters in 2012 when President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney.

Pre-election polls showed that both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton had low approval ratings among voters.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland ended up lower than state elections officials thought it would be.

Linda Lamone, the state's elections administrator, said Thursday that voter turnout was about 66 percent for both Election Day and early voting.

With some long lines at polls on Election Day, Lamone initially projected hours before polls closed that overall turnout could reach 80 percent or higher.

In the end, about 2.5 million Maryland residents voted early and on Election Day. The state has about 3.9 million eligible voters.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The political campaigns and election are over, and now it's time for Delaware Democrats and Republicans to bury the hatchet.

Politicians of all stripes are gathering in Georgetown on Thursday for the time-honored tradition of Return Day, where they will settle their partisan differences, if only for the moment.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen says President-elect Donald Trump has "a great burden" to reach out to Democrats after running an "incredibly divisive campaign."

Van Hollen spoke Wednesday with Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin in Baltimore. Van Hollen won the seat that is opening with Mikulski's retirement after 30 years in the office.

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It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes.

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Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling:

On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of this year.

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Maryland residents are flocking to the polls today.

And along with the presidential race voters also will pick the replacement for one of the state's most popular politicians: Senator Barbara Mikulski.

She who is retiring this year after 30 years on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen is aiming to succeed his Democratic colleague holding a commanding lead in the public opinion polls over Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga with 58% to 29%.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Regardless of the winners, Tuesday's election promises to significantly alter Delaware's political landscape.

Voters will elect a new congressional representative, a new governor, and new leaders of the state's two largest local governments.

Balloting in House and Senate races also will define the balance of power in the General Assembly, where Republicans are hoping to end years of Democratic rule and regain control of the Senate.

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With the closing days of the presidential election coming next week, little has been said by the Democratic or Republican candidates about the health of the Chesapeake Bay. And climate change has barely come to the surface. John Lee prepared this report for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.

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Voters on the Eastern Shore flocked to the polls during the early voting period that ended yesterday.

Anthony Gutierrez, Election Director for Wicomico County, told WBOC that the goal had been to hit at least 10-thousand.

In Worcester County just over 63-hundred had gone to the polls while in Dorchester County the number was just over 32-hundred.

In Somerset County it was just over 23-hundred.

WBOC reports that election officials say early voting was up 18 percent from four years ago.

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With the retirement of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski this year another woman is vying for her seat. Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga is seeking to succeed the longest serving woman on Capitol Hill. But, she is up against Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen who has been a rising star in the House leadership. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at her candidacy. 

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This year Senator Barbara Mikulski is retiring after nearly 40 years in congress and becoming the longest serving woman on Capitol Hill. Democrats are eager to continue their control of the seat and have put up Rep. Chris Van Hollen who is running against Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga this year. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush recently spoke with the Democrat about the race and the issue.

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If Democrats take control of the U.S. as a result of this year’s election it could boost the clout of the Delaware delegation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Senator Tom Carper could wind up chairing either the Homeland Security Committee or the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Currently, he is the senior Democrat on those panels.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons could be in line to head up the Select Committee on Ethics.

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