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How Montgomery Votes

County Leans Heavily Toward Democrats in Most Elections

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page GZ07

Alook at recent voting patterns shows that Montgomery County remains solidly committed to Democrats in state, local and national elections.

Democrats hold a 2-to-1 registration advantage over Republicans. The county has a Democratic county executive, and eight of nine County Council members are Democrats.

The council's lone Republican, Howard A. Denis, represents the affluent neighborhoods of Potomac, Bethesda and Chevy Chase and is widely regarded as one of the most liberal Republican elected officials in Maryland.

In state and presidential elections, Democratic candidates rely on Montgomery County voters to offset Republican-leaning voters in other parts of Maryland. In the 2004 presidential race, Montgomery County was one of the few suburban counties in the nation where Democrat John F. Kerry increased his vote share over President Bush's, compared with the vote shares in the race between Bush and Democrat Al Gore in 2000.

Kerry received 120,000 more votes than Bush in Montgomery County, getting 66 percent of the vote to Bush's 33 percent. Kerry went on to easily win Maryland's 10 electoral votes.

Montgomery has not supported a Republican for president since residents backed Ronald Reagan in 1984. Montgomery's last Republican county executive was James P. Gleason, who served from 1970 to 1978.

Although Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) racked up big vote margins in many suburban counties during his 2002 race, Montgomery residents gave him only 38 percent of the vote.

According to recent election results, the communities inside the Beltway are the most heavily Democratic. Democrats also do well with voters who live in the eastern part of the county, in central county neighborhoods such as Wheaton and Rockville, and in areas immediately along Interstate 270.

Republicans have their strongest showing in sections of Potomac and the far western and northern areas of the county, such as Poolesville and Damascus.

Political Parties

Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee

3720 Farragut Ave. #303

Kensington 20895



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