Maryland GOP Primary May Have National Implications | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland GOP Primary May Have National Implications

Play associated audio
The Maryland GOP is relevant nationally for the first time in years.
Seth Sawyers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/425837225/
The Maryland GOP is relevant nationally for the first time in years.

Maryland Republicans are eager to weigh in on the GOP presidential contest on Tuesday, because for once in a great while, Maryland's votes may actually have national implications.

Maryland is a blue state, so it’s never really in play during the general election. Primaries tend to be a different story, though voters in the state have been frustrated recently. By the time Maryland’s primary rolled around in 2008, Senator John McCain was already considered the inevitable Republican nominee. But with four GOP presidential contenders locked in a nasty fight, no campaign has a clear end game in sight this year. Maryland resident Christine Merrill says this year things are a little different.

"I thought it would have been decided by the time the Maryland primary came up, and I expected to vote mainly symbolically, but I feel it is still a little bit up in the air," says Merrill. "The outcome of the Maryland primary will affect the momentum of the race."

Maryland Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett admits the newfound importance of the state's primary isn't totally accidental.

"We moved our primary date up so that people would pay some attention to us," says Bartlett. "Maybe they will this year. Previously we've gotten little attention."

When returns roll in Tuesday evening, Maryland will have to share the national spotlight with Wisconsin and the District, which also hold primaries today. Maryland’s 37 delegates could help decide this presidential contest that’s now centered on solidifying enough delegates to lock in a convention win. That’s drawing some new voters to the primary, like former Independent Jim Pierobon, who switched party affiliation so he could weigh in on the contest.

"More of what we think can make a difference for candidates for the general election can be done so in, well, the Republican primary," says Pierobon.

This story was informed in part by sources in WAMU's Public Insight Network. It's a way for people to share their stories with us and for us to reach out for input on upcoming stories. Learn more about the Public Insight Network.

WAMU 88.5

At-Risk Salvadoran Youth Make Their Orchestral Debut At Kennedy Center

A youth symphonic orchestra and choir from a high-crime community in El Salvador made their American debut Monday with a performance at The Kennedy Center.
NPR

Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds antibiotics used by humans in two years.
NPR

Record Number Of Amicus Briefs Filed In Same-Sex-Marriage Cases

This week's same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the–court briefs. But truth be told, the justices do not read all of these briefs.
NPR

Report: To Aid Combat, Russia Wages Cyberwar Against Ukraine

Cyberwarfare is a hidden world with few documented examples. In a new report, security researchers detail digital attacks against Ukraine's military, and charge the Russian military as the hacker.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.