Presidential Election

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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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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump is speaking in Virginia Beach, but the speech isn't open to the public.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the speech is at 1 p.m. Monday at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says on his website that the speech is not open to the public. Trump's campaign says he will speak about reforms to aid veterans.

The speech comes a week before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has grown weary of being asked whether he would vote for Donald Trump, says he doesn't plan to vote for his party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Hogan visited Prince George's County on Wednesday to meeting with elected officials, tour businesses and talk with constituents. The Washington Post reports that during the visit, he was asked if he would vote for Trump.

Hogan said, "No, I don't plan to." adding he's not sure whom he will vote for.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan still won't say if he'll vote for Donald Trump.

Hogan was asked three times at a news conference Thursday about the presumptive GOP nominee. He says: "I'm not interested in talking about Donald Trump any further."

He also declined to say whether he thought the billionaire was fit to be president.

Hogan is a Republican governor in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor announced his support for Clinton Thursday. "I am committing my energies to the election of Secretary Clinton," he said in a statement. "The stakes in this election could not be higher, and the choice is clear."

Clinton declared victory over rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, having captured the number of delegates needed to become the first female nominee from a major party.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set to come to Richmond later this week to raise money and meet with supporters.

The Trump campaign announced Thursday that Trump will hold a rally Friday evening at the Richmond Coliseum.

Trump's campaign is also planning a private fundraiser in Richmond before the rally. A copy of the invitation, obtained by The Associated Press, asks for donations up to $25,000 per couple. Donors wishing for a "photo opportunity" with Trump are asked to give $10,000 per person.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland is criticizing Donald Trump's comments about a Latino judge who is overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University.

Del. Kathy  (shuh-LEG-uh) wrote on her Facebook page Monday that Trump's comment about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel "is insulting to all Americans."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman's obituary says she chose death over voting in the upcoming presidential election.

The obituary published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and on a funeral home's website reads, "Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God."

Her husband, Jim Noland, tells WWBT-TV that she died at 68 on Sunday following a long battle with lung cancer.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans will pick 16 delegates this weekend to send to the national convention, delegates that could help decide the Republican presidential nominee if there's contested convention.

The Republican Party of Virginia is set to kick off a two-day convention Friday at James Madison University in Harrisonburg.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has declared himself the "presumptive nominee," but U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to push the race to a contested convention.

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With Virginians set to cast their ballots in today’s primary election Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading in the public opinion polls.

On the Democratic side Clinton outdistances Senator Bernie Sanders by 20 points.

Trump leads the pack with his nearest rival Senator Marco Rubio behind by 13 points.

All of this according to a CBS News/You Gov poll.

At stake for the GOP are 49 delegates while Democrats are vying for 95 delegates.

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It's time once again for another presidential election. The campaign ads will be coming soon and the primary results will be rolling in as cable television networks add up the score. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill ponders what he calls "Party Time."

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As the presidential race heats up 2016 may begin to tell the nation just where the millennial voters will put their mark after overwhelmingly supporting President Barak Obama.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Stephanie Chisley spoke with young voters as they sort out the issues and the candidates.

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The Washington Post reports that Governor Martin O'Malley will appear at an event at Northeastern University in Boston alongside Steve Kerrigan, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Massachusetts.

O'Malley is also planning to visit Rhode Island, though no details about that event were immediately available.

O'Malley, who is weighing the possibility of a 2016 presidential bid, last week appeared at events in New Hampshire and Nevada. O'Malley has been traveling the country campaigning for Democrats on the ballot in November.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, shows divisions in the country that will require more than just government policies to repair.

The Washington Post reports that O'Malley commented on Ferguson during an appearance Sunday at a Democratic picnic in New Hampshire. O'Malley, a Democrat, is considering a presidential run. His visit to New Hampshire was his third to the state that holds the nation's first presidential primary.

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Governor Martin O’Malley raised nearly a half a million dollars in federal campaign funds last year and is spreading some it around in early presidential primary states.

That’s from a pair of campaign finance reports released yesterday.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the vast majority was raised from Maryland donor.

But the paper reports there are signs of a national fundraising apparatus as the Maryland Democrat considers a bit for the White House.