Posted by: Ann Corcoran | March 20, 2012

Maryland just might matter in Presidential primary this time around

Update:  Reader Josh alerts us that Ron Paul will be in Maryland on the 28th, sign up here.  So much for the WaPo reporter knowing what is happening.

So says the Washington Post, hat tip: Paul.    Apparently Romney will make one stop in the state.  LOL!  In Bob Ehrlich’s home town (where else!).

Other stops were planned including one in Frederick County that has now fizzled due to “scheduling” problems and much to the disappointment of organizers.

Of course the ex-Governor and the other good ol’ boys in the Maryland GOP support Romney (which is all you need to know!) and plan to do a ‘McCain’ to Maryland again. Other Romney supporters are listed here, rice bowls raised in anticipation?

I think Maryland is wide open and if any of you are working on other campaigns—for Santorum, Gingrich or Paul—you should urge your man to come visit before April 3.  Actually they should visit real soon as early voting begins in just a few days.

From the Washington Post:

Often an afterthought in presidential primary campaigns, Maryland will matter this year. But, so far, most of the Republican candidates have not behaved accordingly.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will visit the state Wednesday afternoon, holding a town hall meeting at an American Legion post in Arbutus, southwest of Baltimore. Two more proposed Maryland events fell through because of scheduling conflicts, but Romney is the only candidate among the four with a Maryland stop on his schedule, with the primary two weeks away.


“I’d have to say it’s a strong case for Mitt Romney,” said Louis Pope, the Republican National Committeeman for Maryland and co-chairman — along with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. — of the Romney campaign in the state.


Pope also doesn’t think much of the competition, saying: “There is not an organized Santorum campaign in Maryland.”

Santorum, whose campaign did not respond to requests for comment, makes no mention of Maryland on his Web site. His Tuesday night election party in Gettysburg, Pa., 10 miles north of the Maryland border, is the closest his current public schedule takes him to the state.

The presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) also did not respond to a request for comment about his efforts in Maryland’s GOP primary.

As for former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said “plans are underway to visit the state soon.”

Gingrich has the backing of Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who is co-chairing Gingrich’s Maryland campaign along with Del. Warren E. Miller (R-Howard).

Read it all.



  1. Ron Paul will be holding a town hall meeting at University of MD on the 28th if any are interested.

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