Highlights with 110 of 124 precincts reporting:
- Once again, the HCEA demonstrated its electoral intelligence and clout. They endorsed three strong Board of Education candidates, who emerged as the top three vote-getters. 45.7% of the total BoE votes cast (179, 469 and counting…bearing in mind that voters could vote for up to three candidates) were for HCEA-backed candidates.
- Coombs, Delmont-Small, and Ellis were smart to focus their campaigns on positive, reform-centric themes.
- Giles clearly made an attempt to create some distance between herself and the other incumbents. One could argue that this modified triangulation strategy succeeded only in reinforcing the anti-incumbent frame.
- With two Board of Education incumbents losing their re-election bids, the question becomes: what is the best vehicle for ensuring Siddiqui’s defeat in November? With five very good challenger options, some strategic voting might prove necessary in the general election to ensure a clean sweep.
- It’s time for Sanders voters (I was one) to recognize that Clinton is the best and only hope for progressives who wish to build upon the Obama Administration’s successes.
- I was hoping that Edwards would be more competitive in Howard County. That said, Van Hollen's nomination should ensure that Maryland is represented by two Democrats in the U.S. Senate in the next Congress.
Stay tuned, as more will follow.