Is Roscoe in a real race?
The state Democratic Party is sending around a poll it commissioned showing long-time GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett running just 6 points ahead of Democrat Jennifer Dougherty in the race for the 6th District in Western Maryland.
Considering Roscoe beat his Democratic opponent (a real, live Iraq war vet) 59-38 two years ago, and Dougherty lost her re-election bid as Frederick mayor in the Democratic primary three years ago 57-43, this would count as major proof of a big Democratic surge, if true.
The intensity of the Harris-Kratovil race on the Eastern Shore is giving Maryland Dems big dreams of picking up a seat they never really expected to get, but Western Maryland? Really? So far, this one has been comparatively quiet, and the objective data doesn't point to a close race. The October reports with the FEC show Dougherty raised $30,432.07 in the last three months and has $27,986.80 on hand. Bartlett, on the other hand, raised $78,538.91 and had $374,142.18 in the bank. You'd think if he were worried, he'd be dipping more heavily into that account.
Then again, maybe he's just cocky after that big Esquire endorsement.