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Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath now has enough signatures to qualify to run for Wicomico County Executive as an independent.

He handed in over 800 signature to local election officials that goes beyond the 651 needed to get on the ballot.

The requirement is 1 percent of the total registered voters in the county.

Health told the Salisbury Daily Times that he looks forward to the general election in November when he is expected to run against the incumbent Republican Bob Culver.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Most of the Democrats running in the crowded Maryland primary for governor have announced their running mates, and four out of five of them so far are women.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker announced Elizabeth Embry as his running mate Tuesday. Embry is a former Baltimore prosecutor and division chief in the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

On Monday, Sen. Richard Madaleno named Luwanda Jenkins, of Baltimore, as his running mate. Alec Ross chose Julie Verratti, a Montgomery County craft brewery owner.

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Longtime Delaware state auditor Tom Wagner is calling it quits as he approaches the end of his seventh term.

He is only one of two statewide elected Republicans in the First State and was elected in 1989.

WBOC reports the in a statement Wagner said that the decision not to seek reelection was a bittersweet moment noting that his political career spanned more than 30 years when he started out as Mayor of Camden.

The Delaware Republican said that his decision was based on health concerns that have resulted in a kidney transplant.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has filed to run for a second term.

Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, announced his re-election bid Thursday.

Frosh has occasionally clashed with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Last year, after Donald Trump's election, the Democrat-controlled Maryland legislature gave Frosh expanded authority to sue the federal government without the governor's permission.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new group funded by a prominent Democratic donor is promising financial help to state politicians of either party who reject money from Virginia's largest electric utility.

The Clean Virginia Project said Thursday it will contribute to any sitting state lawmaker who pledges to reject any contributions from Dominion Energy. It's offering $2,500 a year to delegates and $5,000 a year to senators.

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Mayor Jake Day has vetoed a measure that would have raised the salaries of Salisbury elected officials.

Day said that because he planned on running for re-election next year he did not want to approve his own pay raise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Council President Jack Heath plans to put the issue on the agenda for next week’s work session.

It takes four votes to override the mayor’s veto.

Under the ordinance the mayor’s salary would double from $25-thousand to $50-thousand.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin has filed for re-election, saying he always runs a very aggressive campaign on the issues and plans to do so again. This time it'll be against Chelsea Manning.

Cardin filed Monday to run for his third U.S. Senate term.

Manning, a transgender woman and former U.S. Army private who was convicted of leaking over 700,000 classified documents, filed last month to run in the Democratic primary.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The top election official in Delaware is pledging to update voter registration forms amid complaints that the state's documents violate federal law.

Campaign Legal Center is a Washington-based voter advocacy group. It says federal voter registration forms used in Delaware contain outdated information about the eligibility of felons to vote in state elections.

Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says the advocacy group is correct. She tells the News Journal of Wilmington that we will be acting on every one of their recommendations."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Republican lawyer and trade group CEO from Howard County plans to run for attorney general of Maryland.

Craig Wolf told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that he would join the race.

Democratic incumbent Brian Frosh won office in 2014 with 55.8 percent of the vote.

Wolf is president and CEO of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. The group said last week that Wolf would step down June 30 from his post.

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The Maryland legislative session began this week with battled expected to erupt between Republican Governor Larry Hogan and the Democratically led General Assembly. Todd Eberly, associate professor of political science at St. Mary's College assesses the issues as the state heads into an election year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to file that he has more than $9 million in campaign funds for his re-election bid.

A campaign memo says the Republican's ticket has raised more than $5.4 million over the past year. Campaigns have a midnight Wednesday deadline to file fundraising reports.

Some Democrats in a crowded primary are reporting significantly less than that. Still, they are reporting amounts competitive with each other for the June primary.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Chelsea Manning's bid for U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.

Political analysts say Manning's high profile will prevent two-term Sen. Ben Cardin from essentially ignoring his primary challenger in the heavily Democratic state.

Cardin won the seat in an open race in 2006 and hasn't faced a serious threat since.

Cardin said Tuesday in Baltimore that he looks forward to a strong campaign featuring Manning or anyone else.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The Democrat has conceded to the Republican in the race for Virginia's 94th District House seat.

Shelly Simonds used Twitter to announce her concession to Del. David Yancey on Wednesday.

Her concession came more than two months after November's hotly contested election. Her decision followed a recount that she appeared to win by one vote, a court's decision to declare a tie and the drawing of names from a bowl that she lost.

Simonds said she didn't "see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today."

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Democratic voters are making their case for a new election in a tight race that could force a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates.

They say their disenfranchisement was far from a garden-variety election error.

Republican Bob Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes, but elections officials say 147 voters received the wrong ballots.

On Friday, a judge in Alexandria rejected the request for a new election, saying the ballot errors amount to "garden-variety irregularities."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A conservative minister announced he's joining the fight for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in 2018.

E.W. Jackson announced his campaign Monday on The John Fredericks Show radio program. The lawyer-turned-preacher ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2013.

He joins Corey Stewart, a former state campaign chairman of President Donald Trump, and Del. Nick Freitas, as announced candidates.

HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - Virginia Del. Nick Freitas has announced his plan to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in 2018.

Freitas will go up against Corey Stewart - the chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors - for the nomination. Stewart, who has modeled himself after President Donald Trump, ran a primary campaign for governor this year, but narrowly lost the Republican nomination to Ed Gillespie.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county executive has asked the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama for a refund of a $1,000 donation.

The Capital Gazette reports that Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh confirmed on Wednesday that he had made the donation "a few months ago," and requested a refund via email to Moore's chief of staff, Rich Hobson, on Monday.

Schuh said he waited to make the request as he had expected Moore to drop out of the race in light of the "credible" accusation of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats say their major Election Day gains in November have boosted the odds of passing new gun control measures.

Democrats in the swing state swept three statewide offices and picked up at least 15 House seats, nearly erasing Republicans' lead in Virginia's lower chamber. Republicans narrowly lead the Senate.

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A third Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has filed for a recount.

The House Democratic caucus said in a statement that Joshua Cole made his request in Stafford Circuit Court. Cole lost to Republican Bob Thomas by 82 votes in the Fredericksburg-area 28th District race, where election officials say some voters were given the wrong ballots.

The party says it's also considering further legal action.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats have filed recount requests in two House of Delegates districts, and the challenges could determine partisan control of the chamber following elections that sharply reduced the GOP majority.

Democrats announced Wednesday they have asked for recounts in districts where Republicans hold razor-thin leads. One is in Northern Virginia and the other in Newport News.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has picked a Democratic Party stalwart as his running mate.

The former NAACP president announced early Wednesday that Democratic Party insider Susan Turnbull was his choice to be lieutenant governor.

Turnbull is a former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and a former chairwoman of Maryland's Democratic Party. She is veteran community activist who serves on various boards.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Democratic tidal wave in Virginia on Election Day three weeks ago has left chaos in its wake, with control of the House of Delegates still far from being decided.

The Republicans went from a commanding majority to an apparent 51-49 lead, with GOP candidates clinging to razor-thin leads in three districts. In one of those races, where the Republican is ahead by just 82 votes, an apparent error by a recently deceased registrar led to 147 voters casting their ballots in the wrong district.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine says the Democratic success in last week's Virginia election was like what he had hoped to accomplish when he ran on the Democratic presidential ticket last year with Hillary Clinton.

"Tuesday night was like the celebration I wanted to have a year ago," Kaine said Saturday, during a speech hosted by the Lynchburg College Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he will again push to exempt pension income for military veterans from state income tax. He also commented on this week's elections.

Hogan said Thursday he'll likely be proposing more tax cuts for next year's legislative session.

The Republican governor and members of the Democrat-led General Assembly are heading into an election year in 2018.

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A third Democratic candidate has entered the race to unseat Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Harris. Jesse Colvin, a former Army Ranger and business consultant has decided to enter the race. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with the candidate to talk about the race and the issues.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Transgender woman Danica Roem (rohm), whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women who made history in this week's Virginia elections.

The state House is also getting its first Latina members, its first Asian-American woman delegate and likely its first openly lesbian member.

Altogether, at least 10 new Democratic women will be joining the House, and that number could tick up as races that were too close to call Wednesday go through recounts.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Democrats ousted the Republican mayors in the Maryland cities of Frederick and Annapolis.
 
Frederick Mayor Randy McClement conceded to Democratic Alderman Michael O'Connor on Tuesday night.
 
According to unofficial tallies, O'Connor received about 58 percent of the vote, while McClement got about 36 percent.
 
McClement was hoping to serve a third term after having been the city's mayor for the past eight years.
 

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Democrat Ralph Northam swept to victory by a margin of 53 percent for 45 percent over his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie in yesterday’s gubernatorial election in Virginia

After an acrimonious race the Democrat told supporters last night that he will seek to be a healer of divisions and political rancor when he takes office.

Northam said in his victory speech that the eyes of the nation were on Virginia on Election Tuesday.

He said that voters had told political leaders to end the divisiveness and bigotry.

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(AP)- A friendly crowd greeted Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam and his wife as they arrived at their local polling station to cast their ballots.

Northam hugged cheering voters Tuesday morning at a Norfolk community center, thanking them for their support during the closely watched race. A few dozen voters were there.

He and Republican Ed Gillespie have been locked in a heated battle to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam both claim momentum is on their side in the final days of Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race for governor.

Gillespie and Northam are racing across the state Monday after a weekend spent trying to rally supporters ahead of Election Day.

Allied groups and political parties on both sides are touting unprecedented get-out-the-vote efforts.

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