Marylanders Cast Record Number of Midterm Ballots

An estimated 2.1 million Marylanders cast ballots in Tuesday's election, setting a new state record for voter turnout in a midterm election. The unprecedented turnout easily surpassed 2010's midterm record of close to 1.9 million voters. According to The Baltimore Sun: That doesn’t mean it’s a record turnout by percentage of registered voters — only that the state’s growing population and voting base continues to increase. Preliminary turnout numbers from early voting and Election Day indicate…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Special Edition: General Election Roundup

On this special edition of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Natasha Mehu breakdown state and local results from the 2018 primary election. Click here to read MACo's coverage of the 2018 gubernatorial election. Listen here: MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes…

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Southern Maryland Counties Stay Blue, Red, Red

The three Southern Maryland Counties retained their single-party domination in 2018, with each of the three electing a complete slate from a single party - the same as in 2014. Charles County's Commissioners will all be Democrats, while Calvert and St. Mary's Counties will all be Republicans, again. Charles County will see new leadership, as former County Commissioner Reuben Collins returns to county elected office as the Commission President. He will be joined by two…

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Eastern Shore General Election Highlights
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Eastern Shore General Election Highlights

Caroline County The Caroline County Board of Commissioners will see the return of incumbents Larry C. Porter (R) (29.7%), Wilbur Levengood Jr. (R) (25.8%), and Daniel Franklin (R) (25.8%). Dorchester District 1 incumbent Don B. Satterfield (R) lost to challenger Jay Leonard Newcomb (D).  Newcomb secured 53.3% of the vote to Satterfield's 46.1%. Incumbents William Nichols (District 2) (D), Ricky C. Travers, Sr. (District 3) (D) will return to the council having run unopposed in the general election.…

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Garrett and Caroline — Only Two Counties Returning Full Slate
Caroline County Commissioners (from left to right): Daniel Franklin, Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood (photo source: Caroline County)
Garrett and Caroline — Only Two Counties Returning Full Slate

Among the counties across the state contesting elections for their Commissioners, Councils, and Executives last night... only two, Garrett and Caroline, will return their full complement of elected officials for the next term. Both counties, perhaps not coincidentally, have only three County Commissioners. Garrett County is used to being something of an anomaly in Maryland policy and politics - a large part of the county lies West of the continental divide, and its waters nominally…

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2018 Turnover Brings 71 New Faces To County Offices

With the 2018 general elections now complete, here is an overview sketch of the results for the 135 county offices contested during the elections. View MACo's full summary of county election results. For these purposes, MACo references "county elected officials" as including 10 County Executives (including the Mayor of Baltimore), 90 Council Members, and 54 County Commissioners - but does not include various other offices elected at the county level. (The elected officials of Baltimore…

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Glassman, Culver Bypass “Hot” Exec Races, Win Comfortably

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver both won second terms easily in the November 2018 general election. Harford Exec Barry Glassman (R) received 71,500 votes, more than double his  challenger Maryann Forgan (D). Prior to first being elected County Executive in 2014, Glassman served on the Maryland State Senate, where he was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2008 and then subsequently elected to the position in 2010. Glassman…

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Ballot Shortages, Long Lines Delay Election Results

The Maryland State Board of Elections did not post election results online on Tuesday night until after 10 p.m. — two hours after polls closed in the state. According to The Baltimore Sun: The reason, said board administrator Linda Lamone, was that some voters were still casting ballots. As of 10 p.m., she said she understood there were still people waiting to vote in Towson and in Prince George's County, but she said she was…

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Multiple County Officials Win State Offices

The Prince George’s and Howard County Council Members win in the general elections for seats in the Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates. Maryland Senate Prince George’s County County Council Member Obie Patterson elected to Maryland State Senate. Prince George’s County County Council Member Obie Patterson will be returning to Annapolis in 2019. Patterson previously served in the General Assembly from as a Member of House of Delegates, representing District 26, from 1995 to…

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Frederick “Goes Purple” As Gardner Wins, Council Splits

A "purple wave" crashed into Frederick County on Tuesday night, as incumbent County Executive Jan Gardner (D) won a second term in office while Republicans will likely hold a 4-3 advantage on the County Council. The Council races emphasize the "purple" nature of the county's electorate, with the two at-large seats being narrowly split D/R in a very close four-way race, while one district race appears close enough for possible recount attention. County Executive Gardner captured…

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