It was the fact that democrat-party, government-union types realized they can’t win elections in Carroll County as democrats. So what did they do? Their candidates simply switched parties and ran as republicans. Then they got their government-union buddies to switch parties and vote, en mass, for them in the primary elections. Here’s a document to prove it. It’s from the CCEA – the Carroll County Education Association, instructing their members to switch from the democrat to republican party and vote for their liberal, pro-government-union candidates.
Congressman Bartlett recorded a phone message that was sent to registered republicans. Here’s a recording of his call.