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Political Experts Weighs In On Future Of MD 2014 Elections

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MARYLAND - The Maryland Primary election is over, and now the race to general elections is underway.  Tuesday night was a big night for state politics, but according to one expert we spoke with, it wasn't really one full of surprises.

"The races turned out pretty much as most folks were predicting," said Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Poli Sci professor at Salisbury University.

In the race for governor, real estate broker Larry Hogan won the Republican nomination, but the big ticket race: the Democratic primary, went to Lieutenant governor Anthony Brown.

In Maryland, where registered democrats outweigh republicans two to one, O'Loughlin says a Brown victory in November is almost a sure thing.

"For the republicans, whoever wins the republican primary is really a hard push of the boulder up the mountain to get to the governorship," says O'Loughlin.

What might be the state for the state, may not be for the Eastern Shore.  Republican Delegate Adelaide "Addie" Eckhardt -- appears to be a strong front runner over Democrat Christopher Robinson in the race for the Senate District 37 seat.

Eckardt beat out incumbent Richard Colburn, taking about 57-percent of the vote.

While the two have similar voting records, Colburn's 20 year run as State Senator was tainted by his wife recently filing for divorce, after he had an alleged affair, though she later came out in support of his campaign.     

O'Loughlin believes "what people vote on are issues, partisan ID, and character judgement.  Fair or not, I think his problems certainly hurt him I think deeply."

47 ABC spoke to Delegate Eckhardt, who told us what she thinks won her the Primary.

"I think I had an advantage, I'm a pretty hands-on person, so I serve on a lot of boards and committees," says Eckhardt, "as you build trust and build relationships, that's what you  can build productivity on."

Visit the 47ABC Politics page for details on all the candidates and races across the shore.
  
The General Election is scheduled for November 4th, and the Delaware Primary is set for September 9th.

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