Presidential Election

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have approved a bill moving the date for primary elections for statewide and local offices.

The legislation approved Tuesday moves the primary election date from the second Tuesday after the first Monday in September to the fourth Tuesday in April.

The April date would coincide with the date of Delaware's presidential primary in presidential election years.

Supporters of the bill, which now goes to the Senate, say it will reduce the cost of holding elections and could improve voter participation.

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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the Trump administration on a broad range of foreign policy issues.

They ranged from a failure to take a tough stand on Russia and building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border to trying to impose a travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

The Maryland Democrat made his remarks during an appearance at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy on the eve of the President’s address to a joint session of congress tonight.

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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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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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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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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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Senator Barbara Mikulski capped her political career last night by nominating the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Declaring that Hillary Clinton wants to break down barriers the Maryland Democrat placed the former Secretary of State’s name into nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

The longtime senator whose congressional career stretches back to 1976 was chair for Clinton’s first run for the presidency in 2008 against then Senator Barak Obama.

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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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It was crabs and politics for visitors who flocked to the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake festival in Crisfield yesterday.

High profile politicians including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showed up for the event skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

And, politics was on many minds as visitors braved the heat.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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