Democrats have a stranglehold on Maryland, but that grasp was so disastrous under the leadership of Martin O’Malley that Larry Hogan was elected Governor. Looking to red pill the state are numerous Republican contenders. Indeed, there are no shortages of candidates in the old line state. But in this surplus is an overload of non-serious candidates. Now, its hard to expect people to commit a whole lot when the cards are stacked against them but they can do a little better. For candidates in Maryland, it’s not the Trump endorsement they seek, rather its the Governor’s. Expectations are low but a statewide glitch with the change of residencies is sure to hinder turnout. Kinda makes me wish voter ID was here. Either way, good candidates like Liz Matory can make their longshots a little less long. Upsets in Maryland can happen, see Larry Hogan 2014.
Best Candidate: Liz Matory
Worst Candidate: John Walsh
Best Race: District 2
Worst Race: District 6
I’ve never seen so many candidates line up to take an ass whooping. However very few of this wide field are serious contenders. The most formidable candidate is Chris Chaffee because in 2016 he came in second with a whopping 13.7% of the vote. He seems alright, but unimpressive. Christina Grigorian comes off as a RINO. Albert Howard comes off as a nut. Bill Krehnbrink reportedly trends towards libertarian with an Everybody’s Gotta Go message that could have general election appeal. Nnabu Eze could be a red pill for Maryland’s above average immigrant population. He’s also a solid conservative. Blaine Taylor is a former Democrat and isn’t completely cleansed of leftism. Then there are a bunch of nonserious candidates or past losers who likely won’t get past Chaffee. There is no stand alone pick here.
Conservative Pick: Nnabu Eze or Bill Krehnbrink
Andy Harris of the Eastern Shore is a Freedom Caucus member and Maryland’s only Republican, thanks to the redistricting. His record through four terms is impressive. He has two challengers. Lamont Taylor seems just as Conservative. Martin Elborn is definitely to the left of Harris. Tough call, but Harris hasn’t been in office for two long.
Conservative Pick: Andy Harris
Liz Matory is the most serious candidate and she is a solid Conservative. Unlike Taylor (Senate candidate), she became a Republican and holds to principled Conservatism. She would make a fine competitive candidate.
Conservative Pick: Liz Matory
Neither candidate in this race is particularly serious.
Conservative Pick: None
George McDurmott is unopposed.
Johnny Rice is the MAGA candidate and also the only semi-serious candidate.
Conservative Pick: Johnny Rice
This vacated seat might just be competitive (again) as it features Conservative western Maryland. Kurt Elsasser is most likely to be the RINO. Amie Hoeber is poised to take this race seeing as she has the coveted endorsement of Governor Larry Hogan. She seems as though she would be a major spender. Nothing indicates on her campaign otherwise. Brad Rohrs is the Conservative horse in this race. His campaign is upfront about Conservatism immediately. Lisa Lloyd is also a decent candidate.
Conservative Pick: Brad Rorhs
William Newton seems like a nut, a nut that would vote the right way I suppose. Ray Bly is unelectable following a 1988 child abuse and 4th-degree sex offense (statutory). Thankfully there is Richmond Davis who is a solid libertarian-style Conservative.
Conservative Pick: Richmond Davis
John Walsh is a hardcore RINO. Either Victor Williams or Bridgette Cooper would make a good candidate.