Jealous: Hogan could have, should have acted faster on regents

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous accused Gov. Larry Hogan of cronyism and lying to voters in failing to fire University System of Maryland Board of Regents Chairman James T. Brady, who resigned Thursday. "The governor of Maryland has the power to remove any appointee, even those confirmed by the Senate, for cause, and it was clear from the beginning there was cause," Jealous told C4 on Friday. (WBAL-radio)

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Early-voting numbers reach record highs, doubling in Md. and Va.

Just about twice as many people voted early in Maryland and Virginia this election season as four years ago, with turnout eclipsing the entire 2014 vote total in some jurisdictions. The regional data follow a nationwide trend of surging voter participation compared with four years ago, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and many Democrats stayed home for the midterm elections. (Wash. Post)

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DNC chair campaigns with Elrich before election

Tom Perez may be the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, but he’s also a Takoma Park resident and the father of a daughter who was once taught by Marc Elrich. Perez, a Montgomery County Council member from 2002 to 2006, has been traveling the country in the days before the Nov. 6 election campaigning for Democrats who are running for Congress. But he was a stone’s throw from his home Thursday, as he cast his ballot during early voting at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Afterward, Perez schmoozed with Elrich, the Democratic candidate for county executive, along with his fellow County Council member Tom Hucker, who’s running for re-election, and campaign volunteers who were milling about outside the polling station. (Bethesda)

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Ben Jealous vs. Larry Hogan: The difference money makes

For every Ben Jealous campaign sign that commuters see on the busy stretch of roadway near the University of Maryland in College Park, there are a dozen others heralding Gov. Larry Hogan’s reelection bid. The display along the grassy median reflects the large money disparity in Maryland’s hotly contested gubernatorial race, in which Jealous, a Democrat running for office for the first time, is trying to topple Hogan, a popular Republican incumbent. (Wash. Post)

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Both parties bullish in the home stretch

With Election Day fast approaching, both Republicans and Democrats in Maryland seem bullish on their chances. Can both be right? Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) remains the strong favorite for reelection over former NAACP president Benjamin T. Jealous (D). But Democrats, buoyed by early voting numbers and their strongest ground game in several election cycles, sense momentum – and even if that doesn’t fully accrue to Jealous, they believe it will boost their candidates in competitive down-ballot races. (Md. Matters)

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District 30 Maryland Senate candidates gauge enthusiasm in last weekend before general election

Elections aren’t won on a Tuesday in November. It all comes down to what happens on Saturdays. That was District 30 state Senate candidate Sarah Elfreth’s message at an Annapolis rally over the weekend, but it was the same sentiment for her Republican opponent, Ron George. Elfreth was at the center of the rallying cry of about 200 volunteers and other Democratic candidates gathered at the Mt. Olive Community Life Center, before spending the day knocking on doors and making phone calls. (Capital)

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Democrats, Republicans have hopes for clean sweep in crowded race for House district in Baltimore County

For nearly three decades, voters in northeastern Baltimore County have sent a mix of Democrats and Republicans to Annapolis to form a “purple” district in the House of Delegates. This year, both parties believe they have a chance to pull the district to their side, and have put up teams of candidates that mix new faces and experienced politicians. (Balt. Sun)

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In final debate before election, Montgomery County executive candidates revisit development, housing issues

With four days until Election Day, Montgomery County executive candidates Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen and Robin Ficker appeared together on the debate stage one last time Thursday night. The candidates spoke at the Friendship Heights Village Center, which lies at the county’s southern border with Washington, D.C., and near a dense retail district on Wisconsin Avenue. The debate was the 15th forum attended by the candidates the last two months. (Bethesda)

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