County Republicans Looking for an Upset

Democrats comfortable, hoping for a strong turnout.


At the Howard County Republican headquarters in Ellicott City on Monday, volunteers moved quickly around a nicely appointed office, bringing in yard signs, discussing issues.

"We're looking for an upset, that's what we want," said O.P. Ditch, vice president of the Howard County Republican Club.

On the other end of the political spectrum, at the Howard County Democratic Central Committee in Columbia, Michael McPherson, the chair of the committee, said he didn't anticipate any surprises on Tuesday.

"We started months ago, so today we have all the ducks lined up," said McPherson on Monday. "I don't see any upsets here."

McPherson, who has worked with the committee for 12 years, said the main concern he has is the weather.

"As long as the Nor'easter stays away, I think we're in good shape," said McPherson.

Registered Democrats in the county outnumber registered Republicans about 90,000 to 56,000, according to state election data, but there's also a contingent of 38,000 unaffiliated voters.

"What we need to do is turnout the Democrats [to vote]," said McPherson. "We're hoping to see record turnout."

The county Republicans are promoting challengers Dan Bongino for Senate and Frank Mirabile, Nancy Jacobs and Eric Knowles for Congress, against Democratic incumbents Ben Cardin (Senate), Elijah Cummings (District 7), John Sarbanes (District 3) and Dutch Ruppersburger (District 2).

"Our candidates have been working really hard," said David Bates, of the Republicans' central committee, "but this is Maryland."

"I think they're going to have their numbers up from 2008," said Ditch.

But the Republicans were more hopeful about their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

"He's going to win," said Ditch.

Bates said there's one issue that will put Romney over the top—the economy.

"I hate to quote a Democrat, but he was correct," said Bates. "It was James Carville who said, 'It's the economy, stupid.'"

At Democratic HQ, it was the opposite.

"I see the president winning," said McPherson, "but it's going to be close."

MG42 November 05, 2012 at 10:59 PM
I think at this point, since there has been no October surprise or econcomic collapse, another 4 years for Obama is pretty much a given. I know you have to root for your team, but anyone who seriously thinks a Romney win is likely is delusional.
Michael November 05, 2012 at 11:57 PM
You are definitely "puffing your stuff" if you think the American people are crazy enough to re-elect the clueless bumpkin we now have in the White house. He has been exposed as an incompetent liar.
MG42 November 07, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Michael, I guess you're right! Americans would never re-elect Obama! Love, HR Puf.
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