Ohio Gov. John Kasich says his pact Ted Cruz to collaborate on strategy against Donald Trump is a matter of resource allocation, and nothing more.
Speaking to NBC's “Today” Tuesday, as voters prepared to vote in five Northeastern states, Kasich insisted that his partnership with Cruz is not indication that he is giving up on his campaign.
“I'm not over there running town halls. I'm not over there running television ads,” he said, referring to Indiana. “But I am in other states and I will be at the convention.”
Kasich said “the fact is, I don't have unlimited resources,” to campaign everywhere, noting that he is not campaigning in Indiana, where Cruz is expected to do well on May 3, and is instead shifting his resources to Oregon. — AP
From South Baltimore:
Ken Weaver stood with a stop watch at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School Tuesday morning checking to see how long it took voters to cast their votes. Weaver, an election day observer, was keeping track of wait times at voter precincts as part of a project with the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center for Public Policy for the Maryland State Board of Elections.
He kept his eye on a man in a plaid shirt and a lady behind him in a peach-colored top, marking the time it took until they scanned their ballots.
“Ten minutes max, which is pretty great,” he said outside one of the city’s busier precincts.
But Weaver said lines tend to be longer first thing in the morning — before people go to work — and then at the end of the day — when they get off.
“It will be much busier tonight,” he said. Weaver expected a decent turnout given the many challengers in the mayor’s race, and the presidential and congressional races.
He said he has been impressed with the mayoral candidates who have been very engaged. He said he’s seen many out speaking to voters during early voting events.
“I’ve seen [mayoral candidate David] Warnock everywhere,” he said.
Weaver said he previously observed training for election workers, and there was some confusion over the scanners and paper ballots this year. But Tuesday morning, Weaver said he had not heard of any problems. He took note of one passing voter who said “I can’t believe we are going back to Scantron.”
It’s important to smooth out any kinks now, he said, given that he predicted many voters will come out in November for the presidential election, when crowds would be “very energetic.”
He planned to head out to several other locations in the city and Baltimore County.
“As long as the polling place is well-staffed,” he said he predicted a smooth day.
“So far, this looks good,” Weaver said. — Jessica Anderson
From North Baltimore:
At the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in North Baltimore, poll workers said turnout was steady. Several voters said they wanted their votes to make a point, even if they weren’t confident in a win.
“I went back and forth between [Embry] and Dixon right up until the last second,” said Rock Rogers, 64, a psychologist who ultimately settled on Embry. “I don’t know that she’ll win but in any case I think it sends a message.”
In the presidential election, Bernie Sanders’ emphasis on income inequality and the disappearance of the middle class resonated, said Scott Norris, 62, a self-employed consultant.
“He probably won’t win but I want people to take him seriously,” said Norris, who said the presidential primary had drawn most of his attention. “It’s pretty wacky.” — Natalie Sherman
From Southwest Baltimore:
If there's anyplace in Maryland that confirms the adage that all politics are local, it's the Morrell Park neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore.
Voters here are taking a lively, though distant, view of the presidential race and the contest for the U.S. Senate. They're vitally interested in the mayor's contest. But the battle that's truly stirring passions in this integrated, working-class bastion is the one for the City Council seat held by Ed Reisinger for two decades.
Reisinger, who lives in this neighborhood, is seeking re-election over three opponents in the Democratic primary. He had both passionate supporters and ardent detractors.
Wendy Roberts, 46, credits Reisinger with leading the community in its successful fight to block a CSX cargo transfer facility nearby.
"He goes above and beyond his means," said Roberts, who runs a cleaning service.
But maintenance worker Robert Adams was backing challenger Charlie Metz, saying Reisinger wouldn't help him land a job while lining up work for relatives.
"He did nothing for this neighborhood -- nothing, nothing, nothing," said Adams, 57.
As of noon, 131 Democrats and 47 Republicans had turned out to vote at Morrell Park Elementary School. Reisinger, who was at the polling place Tuesday, said that pointed to a final turnout of 300-400 voters. —Michael Dresser
Steven Phillips, an 18-year-old Towson High School senior, glided along the street on his skateboard to cast his first-ever vote at Stoneleigh Elementary School in Towson.
A registered Republican, Phillips cast his ballot for John Kasich.
“Trump seems really far right,” said Phillips, who lives in the Idlewylde neighborhood. “I don’t think he has much of a chance in the national convention. Ideally, the competition for the national convention relies on who can get to the center fastest. I think Kasich has the best odds of doing that out of anyone. That’s why I voted for him.”
Joan Burger and her husband, Fred, walked to the Stoneleigh Elementary School in Towson to cast their ballots in opposite party primaries. She’s a Republican, he’s a Democrat. But they’re both pragmatists.
She voted for Kasich, she said, because “he’s the least of the worst.”
“Kasich seems low key and more dignified, everything you would want in a president,” said Burger, 69. “Not a raving lunatic.”
Her husband supported Clinton.
“Sanders’ ideas will never pass,” said Fred Burger, 70. — Doug Donovan
At Hazelwood Elementary and Middle School in Northeast Baltimore, voters were inundated with leaflets from both City Councilman Brandon Scott and his challenger, Tony Christian, as they approached the polls.
Scott said the turnout had been steady all day.
Scott supporter Monica Brunson, 51, of Cedonia, said she was drawn to the polls by the hotly contested mayor’s race. Brunson said he been supporting Councilman Nick J. Mosby for mayor until he dropped out. She felt former Mayor Sheila Dixon was the second-best choice.
“My candidate dropped out,” she said. “Dixon is the next best choice.”
She also cast ballots for Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Congresswoman Donna Edwards.
“I think it’s important that Barbara Mikulski’s seat be filled by another female,” Brunson said.
Mary Logan, 38, also of Cedonia, said she, too, was backing Clinton, but she preferred State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh for mayor.
“I think we need change,” Logan said. “I feel Sheila Dixon had her chance. It’s time for someone else to have a turn.” — Luke Broadwater
There were no lines to vote and no parking jams at the fire station near Falls and Old Court roads.
So John Shafer, a 46-year-old personal trainer from Riderwood, was delighted at how quick and easy it was to vote.
As a Baltimore County resident there weren’t many names on the ballot. Raised as a Democrat, he said, he voted for Hillary Clinton.
“I am pretty pragmatic and I think she can get things done," he said. "I want a good administrator. I don’t want a crazy man and that is what the other side looks like.” — Liz Bowie
From East Baltimore
An unexpected surge in voters needing provision ballots at the polling location in the Latrobe Homes in East Baltimore left election officials turning some voters away Tuesday afternoon.
By 3pm almost as many people had voted provisionally as had cast regular ballots – 48 to 54.
“Usually I get less than 25,” said Democratic election judge Gregory Neely. He sat at a table in the offices of the low-rise public housing development, helping the voters fill out the last two provisional ballots before he stuffed them in a bright pink sack.
Officials had no explanation for the unusually high number of provisional voters, but Neely said he had seen some ex-offenders who might have benefited from a recent change in the law. The Maryland Board of Elections says officials usually require voters to cast their ballot provisionally if they show up at the wrong polling place or don’t have identification if they’re a first time voter.
When Kemp Ferebee, 52, turned up at the polling place he had already been to one location before being diverted. Officials told the disabled construction worker he’d have to come back later. Others decided to sit and wait.
Election judge Pauline Edwards-Shehee worked the phones, trying to track down some more ballot papers.
“They cannot believe we ran out of a certain ballot,” she said of her bosses. “This has never happened to us before.” -- Ian Duncan