Best Eastern Shore Political Analysis

Posted on December 8, 2008


My hat’s off to Tom Wilson for his analysis of the November election results from the nine Eastern Shore counties.

Tom presents the 2008 voting results by county for the Frank Kratovil-Andy Harris District 1 congressional race, and the presidential election  results for both 2008 and 2004.  Anyone with an interest in Maryland politics can find Tom’s reports at his blog,  Lost On The Shore.

Tom notes that Kratovil, the Democrat, carried every Eastern Shore county easily, but that John McCain, the Republican, won the Eastern Shore  in the presidential contest. Democrat Barack Obama carried only one county on the Shore, Kent County, and that by fewer than 100 votes. Obama also came close in Somerset County.  But McCain’s large margins in the other counties swamped Obama on the Eastern Shore.

However, when Tom compares the 2008 results with 2004, he finds that Obama won significantly more votes in 2008 than Democrat John Kerry did in 2004.

Preliminary conclusi0n: The Eastern Shore remains solidly Republican in presidential elections, but Democrats are gaining strength.

And Republicans, who rejected incumbent Rep. Wayne Gilchrest in the District 1 Republican primary election, remain their own worst enemy in Maryland politics.  — Bernie Hayden