Monday, October 22, 2012

U.S. SENATE POLL: Ben Cardin 53%, Dan Bongino 22%, Rob Sobhani 14% // PLUS: All Three Candidates to Debate 10/30

ANOTHER POLL SHOWS LARGE CARDIN LEAD: The Washington Post last night released poll results in Maryland's U.S. Senate battle showing a large lead for incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin (excerpt below):
WASHINGTON POST: Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin’s reelection race has become more like a stroll, with a new Washington Post poll showing most Marylanders ready to give him a second term next month....

In the new Post poll, Cardin (D) wins 53 percent among likely voters. Bongino wins 22 percent, while Sobhani — who entered the race in September — has 14 percent. (Libertarian Party candidate Dean Ahmad receives about 2 percent.)

In the Post poll, Sobhani wins 19 percent among Republicans and independents who lean to the GOP. His base of support is clearly among political independents, where he wins 28 percent support, according to the poll.

The Washington Post, for what it's worth, is also endorsing Cardin for re-election (excerpt below). They appear to agree with Maryland Juice's belief that the Maryland GOP has made itself electorally irrelevant:
WASHINGTON POST: There are two plausible explanations for the apparently lopsided race for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland, in which the incumbent, Benjamin L. Cardin, seems to be gliding to reelection.

One is that Mr. Cardin, a Democrat elected in 2006, is a solid, substantive and serious lawmaker whose proven ability to cross partisan battle lines places him among the dwindling ranks of grown-ups in Congress. The other is the catatonic state of Maryland’s Republican Party, which, having once produced electable moderates like former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and former representative Connie Morella, has sunk into irrelevance.... 
The Republican, Daniel Bongino, is a former Secret Service agent whose strident attacks on government and pledge never to raise taxes earned him the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

CANDIDATES TO FACE OFF OCTOBER 30: If you're still undecided in the race, you now have an opportunity to see the contenders meet face-to-face. The Capital Gazette reported last Friday that the candidates for U.S. Senate will be debating the issues during a royal rumble next Tuesday, October 30th in Salisbury, MD. Maryland Juice previously wondered whether Democrat Ben Cardin and Republican Dan Bongino would welcome independent Rob Sobhani to planned debates. We now have our answer, and it appears that Sobhani may get the opportunity to participate in more than on upcoming debate. See an excerpt from The Capital Gazette below:
CAPITAL GAZETTE: Democratic incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin has agreed to meet Republican Challenger Dan Bongino of Severna Park and independent Rob Sobhani of Montgomery County on Oct. 30 at Salisbury University for their first announced debate....

The Salisbury debate will be held at 3 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Admission is free, and will come on a first-come, first-serve basis. Questions, complete with the name and hometown of the person submitting the question, can be sent to


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