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UPDATE: Rosen Withdraws From 1st District House Race

With Democrat Wendy Rosen out of the race, it is unknown who will oppose Republican Rep. Andy Harris in November.

UPDATE (3:36 p.m.)—Maryland's Democratic party said Monday that its 1st district Congressional candidate is out of the race following allegations of voter fraud. The area is currently represented by Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who ran in the primary race .

In a statement sent to The Washington Post, Cockeysville resident Wendy Rosen announced her withdrawal from the race. The state party announced , who in this April's primary, may have violated election law as far back as 2006.

In a letter to Attorney General Doug Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt, state chair Yvette Lewis wrote the party found Rosen had been registered to vote in Florida and Maryland "since at least 2006." The party found she had voted in the 2006 general election and 2008 primary in both states.

"We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation," Lewis wrote.

Lewis wrote that the party "has asked Ms. Rosen to withdraw her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives."

In an email obtained by DelmarvaNow.com, Rosen wrote to Lewis:

“Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make. ... The 1st Congressional District deserves a representative that champions their interests, votes for, not against job creation and builds a sustainable economy for agriculture, tourism and small businesses on ever main street from Pocomoke to Taneytown.”

Rosen could not be reached for comment.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, released a brief statement praising the Maryland Democratic Party's "swift and decisive action" after discovering Rosen's registration issues.

"The action taken today by the Maryland Democratic Party sends a clear message to Marylanders—we will not tolerate any violation of election laws," he said in the statement.

In a post on its blog, the state party said that under state law, the party will designate an alternate nominee, following a vote by the 1st district Democratic central committee.

However, it's unclear if they'll be able to do that. 

Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance at the Maryland Board of Elections, said the deadline for a candidate to remove his or her name from the ballot was Aug. 28. 

"Right now, we have yet to receive any paperwork as to the withdrawal" of Rosen, DeMarinis said, adding that ballots for the election have already been certified. "For our purposes, she is a candidate in the 1st congressional district."

Whoever is ultimately the Democratic nominee will face Harris, who holds a significant lead in organization and .

Former Democratic congressman had been considered a viable opponent to Harris in the 2012 election. Kratovil defeated Harris, then a state senator, to serve as a representative between 2009 and 2010. Harris defeated Kratovil in the .

Kratovil, however, announced in November that he would not be seeking reelection and was to the District Court for Queen Anne’s County.

The 1st district was officially redrawn in October 2011, including the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties. Pundits agreed that the new boundaries favored a Republican candidate.

Perry Hall Patch Editor Emily Kimball contributed to this report.

amdactivist September 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalition_casualties_in_Afghanistan isn't it amazing that under Obama clock more american soldiers died than bush's 8 years in office? Could it be because of the cut backs in our defense/military or could it be obama says can't shoot until your shot at policy?
FormerHCPSEmployee September 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I have a difficult time with this "fair share" horse puckey. What, exactly is a fair share? All these folks are spouting about fair share, but no one wants to define it. To me, a fair share means everyone pays the same as a percentage of their income. Call that a flat tax if you'd like, but that's fair share. I have a hard time with the "fair share" advocates because what they actually advocate is the rich paying MORE than their fair share because they make more.It's not about your "share," it's about your bottom line. These are the same people who would cap corporate profits if they could. Obama has said, "At some point you've made enough money." Really? I think we all have a right to know where you consider that point to be
Ella October 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Isn't it amazing how divided among party lines these comments are? Why do we have to be so hateful toward each other. Wendy Rosen is an awful person who should never ever have been in the race, but she was and now the residents of the 1st district get no say in their representation. That's a loss everyone should care about, no matter what party you side with.
Honeygo Hal October 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Ella, a write-in campaign is possible, but it would be difficult to win - especially in this district. I have asked Patch to post info on how to cast a write-in vote, and I did find a link from MD Elections site that helps. As the election draws near, I'm sure there will be threads about voting, and that info should appear. In the meantime, the bickering will continue - and I will likely be part of it.
John Doe October 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Ella - Did you see what you just wrote? "Why do we have to be so hateful toward each other. Wendy Rosen is an AWFUL person..." You are hypocrisy at its finest. You could have said she is not qualified.

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