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District one race for Congress

Posted: 5:49 PM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-05 23:30:05Z

Watch any amount of local television and you've seen the ad; Democrat and veteran Jesse Colvin at a gun range with his Republican wife.

He is running on a platform for middle-class tax cuts, affordable health care and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

The former Army Ranger says Washington is broken and it needs change, a message he says...is resonating.

"There is an unbelievable amount of energy of enthusiasm in the community we built, and it goes from the far left to the center to the right,” Colvin said as he early voted in Perry Hall on Thursday, “We have an unbelievable amount of enthusiasm and energy and momentum, so we are doing great."

Colvin knows he is taking on an entrenched incumbent in a heavily Republican district but like many Democrats, he is betting on a moderate stance and big turnout.

Early voting broke records in Maryland this year, double that of 2014 and Democrats were out voting Republicans four to one.

"We are winning this thing one button conversation at a time and the numbers have been fantastic. We are doing great," Colvin said.

But Representative Andy Harris pushed back.

"Is there enthusiasm. Yeah? I think there is enthusiasm on both sides and by eight o'clock tomorrow night. We'll have an idea of where it all ends up."

Harris says while Democrats are outvoting Republicans four to one statewide -- that is not exactly the case in his district.

Harris didn't talk about the president or the national picture in this race, he says he is focused on the economy.

It is a talking point many Republicans are running on nationwide and the Congressman says he is confident it will keep him in office.

"Look, the question is do you want to put this economy in reverse or do you want to keep on going forward. Everyone I talk to says this economy is going and I believe they are going to vote to keep this economy going forward," Harris said.