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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno says he's considering running for governor.

The Montgomery County Democrat said Wednesday he is giving some thought to running for the Democratic nomination next year to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

He says he believes Maryland needs "an optimistic vision for rebuilding" the state.

Madaleno has been a senator since 2007. Before that, he served a term in the House of Delegates starting in 2003.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican hopefuls for governor have played nice during their first debate.

The candidates avoided attacking each other Saturday at an event in Charlottesville and instead stuck largely to GOP talking points.

Corey Stewart, a one-time chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign in Virginia, has blasted former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie several times in interviews and social media accounts.

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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) - 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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John Carney will be officially sworn in as governor at Legislative Hall today replacing Jack Markell who defeated him eight years ago in the Democratic Primary.

The event is set to kick off at 11 a.m. with the swearing in of Lt. Governor-Elect Bethany Hall Long.

The ceremony will be held on the east side of statehouse for the first time.

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A Dover city official said this will ease the traffic congestion cutting down on the number of street closures.

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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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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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Governor-elect John Carney has tapped a former top aide to serve as his chief of staff in the governor's office.

Carney's campaign said Wednesday that Doug Gramiak will lead Carney's gubernatorial staff.

Gramiak, who currently works as a lobbyist, was Carney's chief of staff in the lieutenant governor's office from 2001 to 2009. He then served as Carney's state director from 2011 to 2014 after Carney was elected to Congress.

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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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The two candidates for governor in Delaware clashed last night during a debate.

Republican state senator Colin Bonini said that he represented the change that was needed to deal with the state’s challenges – especially when it comes to budgetary issues.

“And the issue here is giving the political freedom to accomplish things. And it means picking fights with people you don’t want to pick fights with. And I think we need a sort of street fighter governor.”

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to help raise money for Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that Walker, who briefly ran for president, will attend a fundraiser for Gillespie next month at a private home in Northern Virginia.

Donations are expected to be as high as $25,000.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former attorney general Doug Gansler says he's being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Gansler tells The Baltimore Sun  he's being asked to run "pretty much every day." Gansler says Democrats are "looking around for the most viable candidate to beat the governor."

Gansler says he isn't ruling out another run for public office. But he says he's not currently organizing a campaign.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two contenders for Virginia governor are touting their fundraising totals ahead of a campaign finance filing deadline.

Democrat Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, said Wednesday said he's raised more than $1 million in the first half of this year for the 2017 gubernatorial contest. Republican Ed Gillespie said his political action committee has raised more than $850,000 in the first half of 2016.

The filing deadline for the latest round of campaign finance reports is Friday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Rep. John Carney, Delaware's sole representative in the U.S. House, is officially running for governor.

Carney, who has served in Congress since 2011, filed his candidacy papers Monday, one day before the deadline.

Kevin Tinsley of Camden, a political unknown, also filed candidacy papers Monday, setting up a possible primary contest against Carney. But elections officials said Tinsley also left signed withdrawal papers and indicated that he may withdraw from the race later this week.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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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) - Former White House adviser and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Ed Gillespie has created a political action committee as part of his plan to run for Virginia governor in 2017.

The Washington Post reports that Gillespie's Let's Grow, Virginia! PAC has scheduled its first two fundraisers for Dec. 7 in northern Virginia and Dec. 10 in Richmond. Details, including locations and ticket prices, have not yet been determined.

The formation of the PAC comes a month after the Republican confirmed that he would seek his party's nomination for governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new poll says 54 percent of Maryland residents view Gov. Larry Hogan favorably, up from 33 percent in February.

The poll by Goucher College released Monday found 15 percent viewed the Republican governor unfavorably and 30 percent responded they didn't know.

The poll found 58 percent approve of the way Hogan is handling his job, up from 40 percent in the college's February poll. The latest poll found 18 percent disapproved and 23 percent didn't know.

The February poll was released less than a month after he took office.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An aide to Virginia Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain says Obenshain will not be running for governor in 2017.

Nick Collette, a political director for Obenshain, said Monday that his boss has made a decision not to run for statewide office in 2017.

Obenshain narrowly lost the state attorney general election in 2013 and was widely viewed as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Collette said Obenshain had made the decision not to run for personal reasons.

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Representative John Carney has made it official.

He will run for governor next year.

The Delaware Democrat formally filed papers today saying that his campaign will focus on restoring the state’s middle class.

Carney ran once before for governor but was edged out in the primary by Governor Jack Markell.

He now has Markell’s support.

The field opened up after the death of former state Attorney General Beau Biden who had been expected to make the run next year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Marvin Mandel will lie in repose at the Maryland State House this week, a day before his funeral.

Elaine Rice Bachmann, acting secretary of the State House Trust, said Monday the trust has approved use of the capitol for the former governor to lie in repose Wednesday.

Mandel, a Democrat, died Sunday. He was 95.

Mandel was governor from 1969 to 1979. Hewas  also speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates before serving as governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Marvin Mandel, a former Maryland governor whose 26-year career in state government ended with his 1977 conviction on political corruption charges, has died. He was 95.

According to a statement from his family, Mandel passed away Sunday afternoon after spending two days with family while celebrating his son's 50th birthday.

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The Democratic field is already shaping up for next year’s gubernatorial race in Delaware.

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is not ruling out a run in 2016.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that he had not made up his mind yet.

Campaign news has already been made by Governor Jack Markell who said the Delaware Congressman John Carney would be a terrific choice.

Markell defeated the Delaware Democrat in winning the governorship.

 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is on his fifth day of chemotherapy, but he says he's "doing great" and getting things done from the hospital.

Hogan said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that he was starting the last day of his first round of 24-hour therapy. The governor posted a photo of himself with his wife and daughter in the hospital. He was expected to leave the hospital Wednesday night.

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Delaware is in mourning this week after receiving news of the death of Beau Biden from brain cancer at the age of 46. Top state and national officials offered their condolences to Vice President Joe Biden and his family at their loss. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at the politician and man who was such a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland measure would move the state's primary in presidential election years to the last Tuesday in April.

The Senate advanced the bill on Tuesday.

Under current law, the election would be on the first Tuesday in April of 2016. That means an early voting day would have been on Easter Sunday.

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Former Attorney General Beau Biden’s retreat from public appearances has raised speculation about whether he will actually take a shot at Delaware’s governorship.

Aides to Biden told the Wilmington News Journal that he still intends on running for government next year.

But Delaware Democrat declined to comment on his own.

In addition, Biden also declined requests from the paper to discuss his new job at a Wilmington law firm managed by top Democratic donor Stuart Grant.

His health has also been part of the speculation.

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