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Republican enthusiasm in blue state -- Maryland
observation | Jackson Brown

Posted on 11/06/2012 9:48:10 AM PST by Jackson Brown

Just voted in Maryland.

We live in the northern tip of Montgomery County Maryland, just outside DC As usual, VERY few Dem yard signs in our town of about 18,000 ever -- conservative enclave in liberal county. This year Romney signs all over the place...virtually every house.

Lived here 25+ years and EVERY election in past no lines to vote...we usually just walk right in, vote, and leave in 5 minutes. Always go to polls about 9 AM just after people who vote before going to work are gone.

THIS year -- temps in the low 30s (much colder than ever before (in my memory) -- the line was out the door and down the road -- took 2+ hours to vote.

IOW, the majority republicans who live here know that MD will go democratic and usually don't vote -- yet they showed up in HUGE numbers nonetheless THIS TIME...for the FIRST TIME.

Tells me the enthusiasm to vote republican -- even if unlikely to go our way in our state -- is OFF THE CHART!


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To: Nervous Tick

She is pulling a six-horse van full of 1500-pound warmbloods over passes through the Blue Ridge, and up and down I-95. She likes to feel she has enough muscle to go up some of those inclines. It’s a seriously impressive rig and we all envy her, but of course the downside is that she can’t really unhitch and drive to the grocery store if necessary, as you can.


51 posted on 11/06/2012 11:13:50 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: sickoflibs

In 2008’ R’s did not love McCain the way D’s loved O. Sarah increased enthusiasm, but we were not enthused about M. R’s are much more hopeful this election and are much more determined. There is a sense of urgency as 4 more years will be critical, especially with the SC in play.


52 posted on 11/06/2012 11:14:25 AM PST by HollyB
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To: PermaRag
RE :”You are absolutely right. But Maryland didn't just have “huge” turnout in 2008, they had record-setting turnout. Not just in the number of voters, but in the percentage of voting-age population that actually voted.
And that went sooooo well for the Republicans.
Factor in that MD’s demographics haven't exactly improved in the last 4 years, and the supposedly large turnout we're seeing in 2012 might mean than Bonzo gets to 65% instead of the mere 62% he got in ‘08. Or maybe a few more R's are coming out and we hold him to 59%. “

The Demographics turned around big in GWBs first term. In the 1990s (rich) Howard County was solid R. By 2004 it went to Kerry and the Bush Housing Boom and gov spending and massive immigration were all working together to flip it, and still are. By 2008 it was over.

I expect nothing good from this place, home of Martin O Malley and spineless weakling Erhlich, (spits)

53 posted on 11/06/2012 11:15:50 AM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: ottbmare

>> she can’t really unhitch and drive to the grocery store if necessary, as you can

Well, I can’t either, really; after I buy diesel, I ain’t got no money left for luxuries like food. :-)


54 posted on 11/06/2012 11:22:27 AM PST by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: HollyB; PermaRag
RE :”In 2008’ R’s did not love McCain the way D’s loved O. Sarah increased enthusiasm, but we were not enthused about M. R’s are much more hopeful this election and are much more determined. There is a sense of urgency as 4 more years will be critical, especially with the SC in play.”

Sarah?? The RINOs here told me they didnt even understand why she was on the ticket. They loved general MCCain war hero...bla-bla-bla. They were enthused. Now they got Romney probably about the same.

More-so the Dems here LOVE Obama. He is very popular here especially being non-white (foreign roots) and educated, or at least appears to be educated. That rings their bells.

55 posted on 11/06/2012 11:24:09 AM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: sickoflibs

Howard County voted for Klinton twice, but by a smaller margin than the rest of Maryland so you could say that they weren’t so bad then, though I can remember them back in the 80s when Columbia was becoming a “planned community” with its Fascist HOAs.

By the 2000s, you’re right — that whole county was *gone*. I guess whatever diasease Columbia had, spread.


56 posted on 11/06/2012 11:26:29 AM PST by PermaRag (If Trayvon had a father, he'd look just like Obama)
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To: Lacey2
So, MD has NEVER gone REP?

We've had some Republican governors. But Baltimore is an open sewer of crime, filth, and corruption, and generates a huge number of Dem votes. The collar counties around DC are immovably liberal: Prince George's County is mostly black, while Montgomery County is full of Latinos, blacks, illegals, other minorities, and prosperous, educated white leftists. Howard County is a peaceful and beautiful county with mostly conservative voters except for the educated white liberal city of Columbia. So the state is going to be stuck liberal forever because the high-population areas outvote the conservative and normal areas that are geographically far larger but less populated and less organized.

57 posted on 11/06/2012 11:33:36 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: sickoflibs

Perhaps it’s all what we hear. I work in a predominate dem environment, I’m hearing dem upset about donation requests. There used to be so much talk about O, but I’ve heard nothing this election, but the complaints. They will prob still vote, but The enthusiasm has disappeared from the average dem, including Hispanics. I think the ones who are hyped up are those who are big Obamacare supporters. However most D’s I know are not that interested in OC, as rhey already have insurance.


58 posted on 11/06/2012 11:33:46 AM PST by HollyB
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To: sickoflibs

And yes, I didn’t know any Repub’s that were enthused about McCain.


59 posted on 11/06/2012 11:36:12 AM PST by HollyB
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To: Lacey2

I lived on the Eastern Shore for 20+yrs and Somerset County didn’t even have a Rep primary most years.Years ago a friend newly married and just turning 21 went and registered as a Rep. She was joyfull. When she got home her new husband was shocked and wondered what she did! After she told him about registering he laughted and said it was Ok that the head of the election board had called and changed her to a Dem. True story.


60 posted on 11/06/2012 11:50:30 AM PST by OldGMA
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To: sickoflibs

“High turnout in a Dem state means lots of Dems are voting. This is pretty simple to follow”

Oops, except his point was that he lives in a Republican oasis within MD and sees high R turnout...


61 posted on 11/06/2012 11:59:09 AM PST by SeattleBruce (Pray 2 Chronicles 7:14! Tea Party like it's 1773! Repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913!)
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To: Jackson Brown

We voted here in Northern California. Very wholesome crowd there. Everyone had an earnest determined expression. Very busy for late morning.

I looked up past the voting booth into the inner sanctum of the Lutheran church, and amid the streaming colors from the stained glass was a banner which said “You Count!”. Very cool!

They even accepted my driver’s license this time, instead of telling me it wasn’t needed.


62 posted on 11/06/2012 12:36:32 PM PST by helpfulresearcher (Socialism is just like any other form of corruption, except that it is perpetrated by a mob.)
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To: Jackson Brown

Good news!

And I sure hope you stop your sodomite “marriage” law at the polls. We need to keep a perfect record intact.


63 posted on 11/06/2012 12:55:26 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Jackson Brown

We live in Prince George’s County MD and the lines were much worse last election in our area. i dont think the Dems are turing out in droves this time. I was in and out in 20 minutes but last time it took 2 and a half hours. I dont even want to alk about Romney signs...I have had 5 stolen out of my yard over the past few weeks. I have 1 sign left and I am saving it for tomorrow morning and hanging balloons from it to celebrate Romney/Ryan winning :)


64 posted on 11/06/2012 1:03:56 PM PST by Jessica2677 (We got this :))
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To: Nervous Tick; ottbmare

Americans really get the short end of the stick with NO small diesel trucks. I am looking at an F250 or F350 crew cab - way more truck than I want or need - just because I want a diesel. I have never ONCE hauled more than a ton of anything. Really, it’s a rip-off of the people by the gov’t, auto companies, and the CAFE standards mess. Drive a HILUX some time: it’s a pity these kick-ass small diesels are not available to the general public. What I’d really like is a long-bed crew cab F150 with a nice little high-torque diesel, alas - “no.”


65 posted on 11/06/2012 1:08:11 PM PST by golux
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To: All

That great but we all know the reality of Maryland. More dead democrats in PG, Balto and Montgomery counties will be casting ballots than live Republicans in the rest of the state.

I hope this drifts over into PA and VA because that’s where it’s gonna count.


66 posted on 11/06/2012 1:09:51 PM PST by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: HollyB
RE :”Perhaps it’s all what we hear. I work in a predominate dem environment, I’m hearing dem upset about donation requests. There used to be so much talk about O, but I’ve heard nothing this election, but the complaints. They will prob still vote, but The enthusiasm has disappeared from the average dem, including Hispanics. I think the ones who are hyped up are those who are big Obamacare supporters. However most D’s I know are not that interested in OC, as rhey already have insurance”

Tell you what Holly If MR wins Maryland I will give you a big kiss :)

67 posted on 11/06/2012 1:19:47 PM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: HollyB
RE :’And yes, I didn’t know any Repub’s that were enthused about McCain.”

I had a bunch here who told me they were supporting him in the primary, against Romney obviously. I never liked him.

68 posted on 11/06/2012 1:22:17 PM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: PermaRag
RE :”By the 2000s, you’re right — that whole county was *gone*. I guess whatever diasease Columbia had, spread.”

It was massive development. In fact new neighborhoods are still going up now under Democrat rule killing the woods and crowding the schools and voting Dem. They just raise our taxes for more recycling and water fees to compensate.

Also is the Balkanization of county. Koreans, Indians, Pakistanees. Too many too fast. But most of them seem to marry before being parents, one positive thing. But their kids wont. They will pick up the bad.

I remember in the early 1990s when it was still R the NAACP local chapter wrote an edition in the Sun complaining that Howard didn't have enough services to support poor people and help those with drug problems and for single Moms, well now it does.

And early 90s they passed a law making it illegal to refuse Section 8. That left apartments to the real poor (and criminal types) and new immigrants as all others fled.

69 posted on 11/06/2012 1:34:40 PM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: Jackson Brown

That could be a good sign that the Republican running for senate has a shot at winning.


70 posted on 11/06/2012 1:36:01 PM PST by painter (Obamahood,"Steal from the working people and give to the worthless.")
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To: sickoflibs

Im not saying that MD will go red, but more so that a large percentage of the dems are not real thrilled. But, I’ll take the kiss Either way ; )


71 posted on 11/06/2012 1:36:34 PM PST by HollyB
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To: HollyB
RE:’....so that a large percentage of the dems are not real thrilled. “

Common sense tells us to expect that, after all in 2008 Obama was the blank page they could wish anything they liked. But Maryland economy does much better than the rest thanks to all the $$$$ from DC.

It was hope and change, now its fear and division. “Get out the vote or Romney will ..(fill in scary part here depending on your demographic) you.

72 posted on 11/06/2012 1:44:19 PM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: sickoflibs

It’s a shame; I remember the county being a bunch of nice, family-oriented communities in the late 1980s even if you needed permission to paint your own front door (but that was just Columbia, I assume).

According to the latest census survey, nearly 20% (!) of the people in Howard County are classified as foreign-born; between that and the escapees from P.G. county and maybe north/east Montgomery, it’s got to be a real mess. Their voting patterns sure do reflect it.


73 posted on 11/06/2012 1:44:58 PM PST by PermaRag (If Trayvon had a father, he'd look just like Obama)
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To: Jackson Brown
Just voted in Baltimore County at Middleborough Elementary School. It was about 3:30pm, after the lunch crowd and before the nine-to-fivers get off work. There was a noticeably larger crowd than usual, but nothing extraordinary. As ever, the poll workers were friendly and the Girl Scouts sold the wife some cookies. No pamphlets being handed out, but all the signs were for local Republicans. No Romney signs.

The line took about 15-20 minutes. The line was all white - we are a fairly diverse area - so that was different. Can't make too many assumptions with that, though, as there are a lot of union and liberal types around. Overall, it suggested a larger turnout than usual and I saw nothing discouraging.

74 posted on 11/06/2012 1:47:00 PM PST by Cap74 (You can disagree with me. You can attack me. Do not lie to me.)
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To: dfwgator
Depends on which parts of Maryland.

Well, just as a side note, I have six family members in Charles County that are die hard democrats and supported Obama last election that couldn't get to their polling place fast enough today to vote for Romney/Ryan!!!

Obama scares them to death!

75 posted on 11/06/2012 2:19:46 PM PST by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: LittleSpotBlog

We live in brooklynn park/ brooklynn, voted at 7 this morning. took 30 minutes, it normally takes about 3, pretty busy.


76 posted on 11/06/2012 2:39:39 PM PST by saturn
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To: bayliving

It heartens me to hear that. I voted early last time and felt like I had blundered into a Obamanation rally. I voted near lunch this time and there was no line at all. One of the poll workers did comment that voting in my heavily democrat district was no where near 2008 levels.

I’d like to hope for a surprise, but I know better. The best we can hope for is to shoot down the gay marriage initiative and the gambing initiative.


77 posted on 11/06/2012 2:58:14 PM PST by Hawk1976 (It is better to die in on your feet than it is to live as on your knees.)
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To: Jackson Brown
Just voted in Maryland.

I live just outside DC in Mo Co - vote EVERY time, because of these STUPID ballot questions that always crop up ...

This time: NO on DREAM, NO on Gay Marriage, NO on Casinos, NO on re-districting CD-6 ...

78 posted on 11/06/2012 3:41:38 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: sickoflibs

I’m in Carroll county and I’ve never seen the polls this busy


79 posted on 11/06/2012 4:03:57 PM PST by 44magnum
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To: Lacey2

Over the last 30-40 years you can count them on one hand. Recently there was a one term governor (Ehrlich) and there was Spiro Agnew back in the 70s!


80 posted on 11/06/2012 4:41:20 PM PST by CheneyClone
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To: 44magnum; PermaRag; HollyB; SeattleBruce; Lacey2; TalonDJ; dfwgator; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; ...
Ok here's my Maryland voting story.

I drove past the school on the way to work a bit after opening time and the parking lot looked full, but no excess parking filling the road unlike in 2008. Maybe because of early voting this year. They later told me that there were long lines inside this morning just like there were in 2008.

So instead I go in a little after 7pm and no line, not even one person. I was one of 3 people voting in the same room. Success. Marylanders hate the dark when it is cool outside. A shame we didn't get an all day eclipse on election day. Idiots!

On the way in to vote a women hands me a card that says to vote FOR question 6 which upholds the new gay (same-sex ) marriage law. After walking a few yards with it before I read it I go back and tell the freak to take her card back. On the way out I told her if Martin O’Malley is FOR it then it must be evil, and O Malley is for the perverts law.

You know what she says? She tells me some RINO in Maryland is for it, Hell, Micheal Steel has his name and pic on voting issue cards mailed out to us (I got two) and even Steele is against the marriage for perverts law.

81 posted on 11/06/2012 5:04:17 PM PST by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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