By Adam Pagnucco.
Most influential endorsements have been made in our state and local races but one big one still has to drop: the Washington Post. In contested races for Executive and County Council over the last three cycles, the Post has gone 18-7 – a 72% win rate. Its misses included Howie Denis (Council D1, 2006), Mike Subin and Bo Newsome (Council At-Large, 2006), Royce Hanson (Council District 2, 2010), Duchy Trachtenberg (Council At-Large, 2010), Tom Moore (Council District 3, 2014) and Evan Glass (Council District 5, 2014). Other than maybe Newsome, all of these were credible candidates and three (Denis, Subin and Trachtenberg) were incumbents. In 2014, the first mid-term year in which Maryland had a June primary, the Post endorsed for Executive on May 2, for County Council on May 26 and for General Assembly on May 30. Candidates are eager for the Post to endorse sooner rather than later because they would like to add the endorsement to their yard signs, mail and walk lit.
We know that the Post has been interviewing Executive and County Council candidates. We would not be surprised if their endorsement for Executive comes out in a matter of days.