ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Voter turnout in Maryland was expected to be heavier than normal Tuesday, because the nominations for president haven’t been determined yet.
Whetting voter appetite, a high-profile U.S. Senate race was also being decided along with two strongly contested primaries in U.S. House districts.
In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.
Republicans in the Senate primary are hoping Gov. Larry Hogan’s popularity will help propel them to victory in November in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. Del. Kathy Szeliga, who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, is running against Richard Douglas, a former Defense Department appointee in the George W. Bush administration in a crowded primary. Chrys Kefalas, who worked as an attorney in former Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s administration, also is running for the Republican nomination.