It’s Election Day, National Races To Watch

It’s Election Day…

The nation votes today for the Midterm Election. There is some concern by experts that the weather could affect voter turn out. Democrats are hoping to change the balance of power in Congress.

In Virginia the polls will stay open until 7 tonight. In Maryland and The District of Columbia the polls close at 8. There’s a lot at stake some say this election could be a referendum on President Trump’s policies.

The big races locally include the race for Governor in Maryland between incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous. If Jealous was to win he would become the states first African American Governor. Hogan who had a double digit lead going into the election and is well liked among Democrats for standing up to Trump could become the first Republican to serve a second term in 60 years.

The big races locally….

In Maryland it’s the Governors race. In Montgomery County is the County Executive race between Democrat Marc Elrich, Republican Robin Ficker and Independent Nancy Floreen. In Prince George’s County Angela Alsobrooks is running up opposed for the County Executive spot. Registered voters will also decide on two referendums Question 1. Constitutional Amendment
(Ch. 357 of the 2018 Legislative Session)
Requiring Commercial Gaming Revenues that are for Public Education to Supplement Spending for Education in Public Schools Question 2. Constitutional Amendment
(Ch. 855 of the 2018 Legislative Session)
Same-Day Registration and Voting at the Precinct Polling Place on Election Day.

In The District Of Columbia it’s the Mayor’s race involving incumbent Muriel Bowser, James Butler and Ernest Johnson. The Council Chair is and two At-Large Council Seats are up as well. Long time political leader House of Representative Eleanor Holmes-Norton is being challenged by Kim Ford.

National races to watch…

History could be made in two national Gubernatorial races. The Governor’s race in Florida and Georgia have captures the nations attention. If the African American candidates in either of those races win it will be the first for their state. In Georgia if Stacey Abrams wins she will become the country’s first female African American Governor. Things have been nasty and racist in nature in the contests.

In Florida, the race for Governor is between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis.

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