Primary Day: Polls are open
It's Primary Day, and about 1,900 polls across the state opened moments ago. They'll close at 8 p.m. -- making for a long day for election observers and candidates in the tightest of primary races.
Click here to find out if you're a registered Democrat or Republican (the only voters allowed to cast ballots today) and where to vote. More than 77,000 of you voted early this month; results from those ballots will be released shortly after 8 p.m. Another 18,000 of you returned no-excuse-needed absentee ballots, which will be tallied in a few days.
Maryland is one of seven states and the District of Columbia with primaries today. It's the closest round to the Nov. 2 general election. And in a heavily Democratic state, some primary races are tantamount to final selection.
"When you watch two or three of the big jurisdictions, [the] primary is in actuality the general election," former House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. told colleague Annie Linskey in a story this morning. "Most elected officeholders will indeed be re-elected or newly elected [today]. Therefore, that creates a lot of interest."
Please click on the The Sun's Primary Guide to check out mini profiles of candidates in some key races.
Among the races we'll be watching today are the gubernatorial primaries in both races -- though Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are expected to prevail, the Baltimore County executive Democratic primary and the Baltimore state's attorney Democratic primary.
What are you most interested in? Check this blog frequently today for updates, and let us know what's happening out there.