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As the country adjusts to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, those who supported his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton search or answers and solace. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill pondered this quest.

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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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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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Congressman Andy Harris says that FBI Director James Comey has some explaining to do.

Almost two weeks ago the nation’s top law enforcement official announced the review of emails found on the computer of Anthony Wiener in connection with the investigation into the emails of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Then, just days ago Comey announced that the FBI found nothing that would cause the reopening of the investigation into Clinton.

WBAL reports that the Eastern Shore congressman said he doesn’t know what to make of it.

It's Election Day

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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say the state saw a record number of voters casting ballots early.

Media outlets report more than 800,000 people had turned out at polls by the time early voting ended Thursday evening. That's more than the 430,500 Marylanders who voted early during the 2012 presidential election.

The record turnout means more than 20 percent of the state's registered voters will have cast ballots before Election Day on Tuesday.

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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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Maryland's First Congressional District will see incumbent Republican Andy Harris seek a fourth term in this year's election after being swept into office during the Tea Party wave of 2010. His rival is Harford County Democrat Joe Werner who won a surprising victory over former Salisbury Mayor and now council member Jim Ireton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the congressman to talk about the issues and the possibility that Washington could once again see divided government.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's the last day for early voting in Maryland.

Thursday is the last day voters in the state can cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Early voting polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any person who is eligible to register to vote can vote early.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland. There are about 2.1 million registered Democrats and 1 million Republicans. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to win easily in the state.

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STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - The superintendent of Staunton City Schools says no one has complained directly to her office about a high school secretary dressing up as Hillary Clinton in an orange prison jumpsuit for Halloween.

However, several people have taken to social media to express concern about the costume after a picture of the secretary appeared on Robert E. Lee High School's website. The photo also showed the school principal, who was dressed as Donald Trump.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Republican congressional candidates in Virginia are trying to mollify the pro-Trump and anti-Trump wings in their party as political pundits say Democrats' chances of picking up multiple seats in the commonwealth are increasing.

The GOP currently controls eight of Virginia's 11 House seats. Handicappers say Democrats' prospects are increasing as Hillary Clinton has built a wide lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was among those being considered by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate.

McAuliffe was among nearly 40 elected officials, military leaders and corporate CEOs considered in the spring for the vice presidential nominee by the Clinton campaign. The list was included among hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman disclosed by WikiLeaks.

McAuliffe is a friend of Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Clinton ultimately chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who was also on the list.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump's campaign is planning to spend more than $2 million on TV ads in Virginia, a signal that it continues to view the Old Dominion has a competitive swing state.

The GOP presidential nominee also announced Monday a new state "leadership team" of current and former elected officials, including several Republicans who have aspirations to run for statewide office in 2017.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A new poll shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead over Donald Trump in Virginia.

The survey released Sunday by Christopher Newport University has Clinton leading Trump by 15 percentage points in a state that once reliably voted Republican in presidential elections.

The poll of 809 likely Virginia voters was conducted last week, after the release of a video in which Trump can be heard using sexually predatory language.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan didn't have to rethink his opinion on Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee was heard on tape using sexually predatory language.
Hogan first said in February that he didn't support Trump, and in June he confirmed that he wouldn't vote for him. He said Wednesday that "certainly the most recent comments haven't made me change my positions about him."
Hogan added, "It seems a lot of fellow Republicans are coming around to that same position, but mine hasn't changed. I've been consistent from day one."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The nasty campaign for the White House is playing out in the race to replace retiring five-term Sen. Barbara Mikulski in Maryland. The two leading candidates are trying to inject their opponent with the "poisonous" air at the top of the ticket.

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As many as a 100 million viewers were expected to watch the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump.

A PPP poll found that 51 percent believe Clinton won the debate while 40 percent believed Trump bested the contest.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that its poll of debate watchers that was weighted toward Democrats found 62 percent thought Clinton beat Trump with 27 percent.

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Governor Jack Markell is getting into presidential campaign mode.

The Delaware Democrat will be in Ohio to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tomorrow.

Markell and top Democrats endorsed Clinton early in the primary season as she faced off against Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was on hand in April to introduce her during a campaign stop in Wilmington.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are trying to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's latest effort to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

Top Republican lawmakers say in a contempt motion filed Wednesday that McAuliffe is violating the Virginia Supreme Court's order that he restore the rights on a case-by-case basis.

The court in July invalidated McAuliffe's sweeping executive order to restore the rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Larry Hogan is popular for such a Blue state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the state official after last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state's Supreme Court.

McAuliffe's announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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The presidential campaigns are now of the gate as their national party conventions disappear and the Labor Day jump off point looms on the horizon. So, what did we learn from these confabs as the candidates joust their way to the finish line? Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests that it is the myths of the parties that will capture the soul of the voter.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the names that now headline the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets. But, Dr. Jill Stein, who is running for the Green Party nomination, says she found a good deal of support when she stopped by the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Indeed, she says, many of the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders flocked to her after their candidate lost out to Clinton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Stein after the convention to talk about her experience and proposals.

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It's Hillary Clinton's big night, as she prepares to become the first woman to accept the nomination for president by a major party.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Lydia York, a Clinton delegate from New Castle, about her reaction to the historic moment and what she wants to hear from the nominee tonight.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop says many of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's views conflict with "well-established Catholic teachings."

Kaine, a Catholic, was chosen as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate Friday.

Bishop Thomas Tobin in a Facebook post Saturday took issue with Kaine's positions on abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions and the ordination of women. Tobin says it's apparent Kaine's faith is not "central to his public, political life."

His spokeswoman said Monday he had nothing to add.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning to make a campaign stop in Virginia.

Trump's campaign and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, are expected to hold a town hall event on Monday at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center.

The event will begin at 3 p.m.

Trump's visit to the crucial swing state comes on the heels of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's announcement Friday that she chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The owner of Ocean Aerial Ads will pull political banners supporting Donald Trump after a series of complaints.

Media outlets report that the ads, which flew on banner planes for only one day, allegedly read "Stop Mad Cow Disease ... Stop Hillary" and "America First. Build That Wall."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - If Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate, she'll be getting a steady, well-practiced politician.
Laine is a whip-smart Harvard Law School graduate who speaks with ease while campaigning, rarely needing a prepared text. He is the former governor of Virginia and current senator from the state.
His remarks at Virginia Tech the day after one of the worst campus shootings in modern U.S. history won wide praise.

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Congressman Andy Harris says he will not only support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump he will campaign for him.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during a town hall meeting in Fruitland on Wednesday he told the crowd that he particularly likes Trump’s choices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Eastern Shore Republican’s endorsement follows on the heels of a decision by the top GOP official in the state Governor Larry Hogan who said he would not endorse or vote for Trump.

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