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Republicans at picnic predict election wins

August 24, 2006|by TARA REILLY

SMITHSBURG - Signs lined the entrance to Smithsburg Lions Community Park Wednesday.

Near the pavilion, more signs, stickers and buttons filled at least two tables.

Quick, but enthusiastic, speeches and handshakes were common place.

It must be election time.

Mostly Republicans, although a few Democrats trickled in, packed a pavilion at the park for the Washington County Republican Central Committee picnic.

Candidates for County Commissioner, Washington County State's Attorney, Board of Education, Sheriff and other elected positions turned out.

The names displayed on shirts, hats and vehicles made it easy to tell who was among the crowd.

Frederick County (Md.) State's Attorney Scott Rolle, who is running for Maryland Attorney General, said he spent 10,000 miles on the campaign wagon across Maryland.

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Wednesday was a day to spend in Washington County, which he said was like "coming home."

"I think we're going to win it," said Kristen Cox, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. "I would not have joined the ticket if I didn't think we were going to take this."

"The Democrats are definitely on the defensive right now," she said, referencing Gov. Robert Ehrlich's strengthening poll numbers.

Cox, secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, praised her running mate for his work in turning the state's budget deficit into a surplus and on job creation.

She encouraged the crowd to "vote the right way."

Dick Kidd, who's not running and doesn't live in Maryland, wore an Ehrlich sticker on his shirt anyway.

Kidd, of Franklin County, Pa., predicted a strong showing for the Republicans on election day.

"I think they're going to do well, very well," Kidd said.

Mark Swain of Williamsport, who used to chair the local Republican Central Committee, agreed that his party would have a strong showing, at least in Washington County.

"I think the county will do well," Swain said. "The state? I don't know about the state. The federal (election) is up in the air. It's hard to tell."

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