With Virginia, The District and Maryland all having primaries on the same Tuesday, I have heard a few different ways to describe this event. Some media outlets are calling it “Potomac Primary” after the river that separates the two states and the District while other outlets are calling it the “Chesapeake Primary” after the bay that both states, but not the District, share.

Here is a very informal survey of what media outlets are calling the day:

Potomac Primary
The Post
The Wash. Times
The Sun
Times-Dispatch
Post-Gazette
WTTG
USA Today
Post-Gazette
CNN
FOX News
Reuters
The Times
NPR
CBS News
NBC News
Agence France-Presse
Chesapeake Primary
WTOP
WUSA
WJLA

It isn’t even close, it just may seem that way because of broadcast using Chesapeake. According to Google News (at 7:30 p.m. last night), Chesapeake Primary has “about 310” results, while a search for “Potomac Primary” returns “about 695.”

Neither the Associated Press or The (Annapolis) Capital seem to be using either term.

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Author: WFY

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