How deep is the Democrats' hold over Maryland?
As President Barack Obama zeroes in on Maryland's sixth consecutive Democratic presidential candidate win, the state's "blue" status may not be as lopsided as history and recent polls otherwise suggest. There is little doubt that Obama is on his way to winning Maryland in next month's election; his double-digit lead in the reliably Democratic state is holding steady in polls conducted since Mitt Romney emerged as his Republican rival. And voters in Maryland haven't picked a Republican for president since George H.W. Bush edged Michael Dukakis in 1988. Public Policy Polling’s poll in May put Obama ahead 58 percent to 35 percent, with 6 percent undecided, and a mid-September poll by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies showed Obama …
The former governor leads primary candidates in early fundraising.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
By Andrew Damstedt Capital News Service WASHINGTON — Maryland residents have donated nearly $1 million to Republican presidential candidates so far this year — with Mitt Romney ahead —despite the state's true blue reputation. Romney's business leadership is why Potomac resident Stephen Caldeira said he donated $2,500 — the limit for individuals — to Romney's campaign. But, Caldeira has also given $2,500 to former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, who surged in popularity recently and is a frontrunner in the first-in-the nation caucus in Iowa. "They understand what it takes to create jobs, to meet a payroll" Caldeira, International Franchise Association president, said. "They understand business, and these guys are problem-solvers." …