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Election results show divide within state GOP

Election results show divide within state GOP

Primary races settled this week reflect the underlying divide in the Maryland's minority party, pitting Republicans who stand on conservative principle against those who are willing to be more pragmatic as the underdogs in a blue state.

In some cases the ideologues triumphed; in others the moderates squeaked out a victory. It's a push-and-pull that echoes fights dogging the Republican Party nationally.

In Frederick, a conservative delegate toppled the state Senate minority leader by accusing him of compromising with Democrats. On the Eastern Shore, the chair of the legislature's Tea Party Caucus lost his seat in part for defying the GOP establishment.

In Carroll, the...