Monday, November 10, 2008

The Shore Goes Blue, First Time in Almost 20 Years

A Democrat took the Maryland District 1 Congressional seat for the first time in 18 years, and it really says something about the way people vote in my hometown district.

It's not because the country is moving more left or because a Democrat won the White House. No, it's more personal.

This is all extremely biased of course, because I only talked to a hand full of people back home about this, but from what I've gathered it was simple: the Democratic candidate was an Eastern Shore resident and the Republican candidate was not and couldn't possibly understand the needs of his constituents on the Shore without living among them.

A while back, District 1 was redistricted to include some of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County to make the traditionally Republican-held area more blue-balanced. In this year's race, State Senator Andy Harris was a Republican from the Baltimore area and after beating long-time incumbent Rep. Wayne Gilchrist in the primaries, he faced challenger Frank Kratovil, a Stevensville (Queen Anne's Co.) resident. It took them a week to count the absentee ballots because the race was so close.

Surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal wrote a story about it, which you can check out here.

But there's a reason why my neighbors proudly display the bummer sticker, "There's no life west of the Chesapeake Bay." It's just a "Shore thing."

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