Frank Kratovil-Andy Harris Race in Maryland Reported Dead Even

Posted on October 25, 2010

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The Baltimore Sun reports that the bellwether race in Maryland’s First Congressional District is dead even, 40 percent for one-term incumbent Rep. Frank Kratovil, and 40 percent for Andy Harris, who lost in a close election with Kratovil two years ago. The undecided vote is put at 14 percent, one week before Election Day.

Kratovil is the Democrat and Harris the Republican in a district that is supposedly conservative and Republican-leaning. It is one of the top districts nationwide on the Republican hit list to pick up a seat, and possibly a majority, in the House of Representatives.

I had heard a couple of days ago that Harris was running ahead, but that is not true, according to The Sun. The rumor that Harris was leading may have been wishful thinking on the part of Republicans, who have seen their hopes for big gains in Maryland evaporate in the final weeks of the 2010 campaign.

That is not a total surprise, because Maryland is a decidedly blue, Democratic state. The District 1 Congressional race is the Republicans’ one remaining hope for a victory on Election Day.

— John Hayden

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