Hoyer’s strength is in the most populous county in the district, which is predominantly black. But Lollar, a black conservative with an engaging personality, has appealed directly and personally to people who Republicans have not typically approached, asking them for their vote – and they are responding.
National political pundit Dick Morris last week declared the race “winnable” for Lollar, and his campaign has seen a surge of national attention since then, including the endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
Some will say these races are long shots, but this hasn’t been a normal political season, and establishment Republicans and Democrats have gotten their comeuppance at the polls this year. Both Frank and Hoyer have huge targets on their backs for leading us to trillion dollar deficits and government-run health care, and bagging one or both would be a fine trophy for Republicans this November.
And, as they say, there’s something about a Marine.
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