Two of the Maryland Congressional races I was watching last night produced a mixed result.
In MD-04, challenger Donna Edwards was trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Al Wynn — and she won. Two of my close blogging and activist collaborators — Matt Stoller and Dave Meyer — were out canvassing the district last night in miserably cold and icy weather. Edwards’ win is in part a sign of the growing strength of “netroots activism.” Frankly, a lot of Obama’s support — though not nearly all — comes from this same progressive insurgency.
But in the Republican primary, Wayne Gilchrest whom I admired for voting against the Iraq War and for maintaining moderate sensibilities in a pretty conservative district lost to Maryland State Senator Andy Harris — who is far more conservative.
Hopefully, Harris will be challenged by a strong Dem in the November race.
— Steve Clemons