BALTIMORE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appears headed for a rematch in November against the man he ousted four years ago, Republican Robert Erlich, early returns show.
O'Malley jumped out to an early lead over challengers J.P. Cusick and Ralph Jaffe in the Democratic primary Tuesday, while Erlich appeared headed for an easy win over Brian Murphy -- who had been endorsed by 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- early returns posted on the Maryland Board of Elections Web site indicated.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski -- the longest-serving current female senator -- appeared headed for an easy win over six challengers in the Democratic Senate primary, while Jim Rutledge and Eric Wargotz were locked in a tight race atop a field of 11 contenders for the Republican Senate nomination, early returns indicated.
Six of Maryland's eight incumbent House members -- including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen -- jumped to early leads over their challengers. Two members, Democrat Frank Kratovil and Republican Robert Broadus, faced no opposition in their primaries.