Early returns from a busy day of voting in Harford County Tuesday showed Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with a comfortable lead over President Barack Obama, while the three most controversial statewide ballot questions were being soundly rejected.
Incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett and Democratic challenger John Delaney pitched vastly different approaches to deal with unemployment, federal deficits and immigration, while both hewed closely to their party's talking points during the first televised debate of the congressional race.
An hour before Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama squared off on national television on Oct. 3, the pre-presidential-debate debate got under way at Carroll Community College, with one student speculating out loud, "I wonder when the shoe-throwing is going to start?"
The candidates for Maryland's District 3 and District 7, which include parts of Howard, took turns answering questions at the Howard County League of Women Voters forum, held Tuesday at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
Rob Sobhani, an independent who turned in 77,000 signatures to the state Board of Elections to get his name on the Nov. 6 ballot, has spent $1.5 million of his own money on ads as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.