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Can a Democrat flip the Big Red One?

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Republican Rep. Andy Harris, one of the most conservative members of Congress, is seeking a fifth term representing Maryland's First District, which runs from Carroll County, through Harford and Baltimore counties, across the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore. Voters in the First went for Donald J. Trump in 2016 by a margin of 29 percentage points over Hillary Clinton.

Can a Democrat flip the Big Red One?

Until recently, no one considered the district a battleground, and many political analysts still consider it solidly red for Harris.

But two weeks ago, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee moved Maryland's First into "battleground" status, declaring it in play with nearly 100 other House seats it will try to flip in the mid-term elections in November. That decision seems to be based largely on the fund-raising success of Jesse Colvin, a 33-year-old Army veteran who is among Democratic candidates in Maryland's June primary.

Colvin raised more campaign money than Harris in the last quarter of 2017, taking in $219,000 to the incumbent's $156,000.

On today's show, an introduction to Jesse Colvin and where he stands on issues -- health care, the opioid epidemic, jobs, the Chesapeake, and gun violence.




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