State Roundup, November 5, 2014

HOGAN’S STUNNING VICTORY: Republican Larry Hogan’s campaign to “Change Maryland” scored a stunning upset Tuesday as he defeated Democrat Anthony G. Brown in the race for governor. Erin Cox and Michael Dresser report in the Sun.

BROWN’S REACTION: Emilie Shaughnessy of the Gazette quotes Brown from Tuesday night’s watch party: “This was a tough campaign, but it was tough because there was a lot at stake. Tonight we fell short of our campaign goal, but it does not diminish the work each of you has done throughout our communities and our state. We will continue to stand up and speak out for working families across this state.”

  • Glynis Kazanjian in also gives Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s view of the campaigns: “I think the reason it is close is because the lieutenant governor was not able to reach the constituents in the Baltimore area and define who he was. He’s a good man,” said Ruppersberger. “Hogan’s group ran a good campaign. Their TV ads were good.  It showed who [Hogan] was.”

ONE STATE, TWO VIEWS:  Larry Hogan and Anthony Brown looked at the same state, but didn’t see it the same way. Hogan talked about O’Malley and Brown’s failed policies, businesses leaving the state, and jobs lost. Brown stood up for the O’Malley administration’s record on business and legislation, saying Hogan was underestimating the state’s strengths, writes Andrew Sharp in the Cecil Whig.

HOGAN VS. OBAMA? Republican Larry Hogan’s upset over Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown stood out in a night of big victories by the GOP around the country. But Richard Cross of the blog Cross Purposes tells WYPR’s Fraser Smith why he thinks Hogan’s win is not part of the anti-Obama wave.

HOGAN’S NEXT MOVES: Hogan now must find a way to govern in concert with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature while attempting to make good on promises to roll back some of the 40 taxes he railed against during the campaign and to make the state more business friendly. It’s a daunting challenge that could prove more difficult than the campaign he just finished, report Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.

52 REPUBLICAN DELEGATES: Meg Tully in writes about the open seats and Republican wins that helped the GOP pick up nine seats in the House of Delegates for a record 52 Republicans and two in the state Senate.

SILVER’S TARNISHED STATS: TV columnist David Zurawik of the Sun writes, “can’t wait to hear all the political insiders who worship at the altar of Nate Silver explain how he could have been so wrong about Maryland’s gubernatorial race. … I also can’t wait to see the political science professor who so pompously explained to me on Monday that Silver’s famed statistical model couldn’t possibly be wrong – and how much improved political journalism is today because of online sites like Silver’s and all the social media conversation they generate.”


SCHUH OVER JOHNSON: Republican Steve Schuh declared victory Tuesday night in the race for Anne Arundel County executive, beating his Democratic opponent George Johnson by almost 40,000 votes, writes Rema Rahman.

PEROUTKA GETS COUNCIL SEAT: The controversial candidate who ran for president as a member of the Constitution Party, switched to Republican in January, belonged to the League of the South and donated dinosaur fossils to a creationist museum — Michael Peroutka — won 53% of Tuesday’s vote to earn a seat on the County Council.


LOCKBOX AND OTHER BALLOT MEASURES: Maryland voters made it more difficult for governors and lawmakers to raid funds designated for road and bridge repairs by approving a constitutional amendment to put those funds in a “lockbox,” writes Kevin Rector.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Capitalizing on a GOP surge nationally, Maryland Republicans picked up nine seats in the General Assembly, where they have been the minority party for years. The GOP had targeted several battleground districts — in Baltimore County, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, writes Luke Broadwater.

HOWARD EXEC RACE: Republican Allan H. Kittleman beat Democrat Courtney Watson Tuesday in the race for Howard County executive. He will become just the second Republican executive in county history, and the first since the 1990s, writes Pamela Wood.

HARFORD EXEC & STATE HOUSE: Republican Barry Glassman took a quick and commanding lead in his bid to become Harford County’s next county executive as early general election returns began to trickle in Tuesday, report Bryna Zumer and David Anderson.

BALTIMORE CITY: For almost all of the offices in the overwhelmingly Democratic Baltimore City, the real competition took place during the party primaries in June. They included Marilyn J. Mosby’s upset of State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein. She easily defeated a write-in challenger Tuesday, writes Ian Duncan.


FROSH NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL: State Sen. Brian E. Frosh was easily elected Maryland’s next attorney general Tuesday night, defeating Republican Jeffrey Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Dymowski by wide margins, writes Arelis Hernandez.

BAKER, LEGGETT RETURNED TO OFFICE: Montgomery and Prince George’s voters returned Democratic county executives Ike Leggett and Rushern Baker to office Tuesday, along with all of the party’s nominees for council seats, reports Bill Turque.

FREDERICK RE-ELECTS SHERIFF: Facing his first serious electoral challenge in years, longtime Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R) cruised to a big victory Tuesday night over Democratic challenger Karl Bickel. With nearly all the ballots counted, Jenkins had rolled up 63 percent of the vote, writes Michael Rosenwald.


GARDNER DEFEATS YOUNG: With a resounding victory at Tuesday’s ballot box, Democrat Jan Gardner has claimed the title of first Frederick County executive, according to unofficial election totals. At the end of the night, Gardner had drawn 53.8% of the vote total, while her Republican rival, Blaine Young, finished with 45.85%, reports Bethany Rodgers.

DISTRICT 3A: Two former Frederick city alderwomen, both Democrats, will serve as delegates for District 3A in the upcoming legislative session, according to unofficial results.  Carol Krimm and Karen Lewis Young defeated their Republican challengers, County Commissioner Paul Smith and Victoria Wilkins, in Tuesday’s general election, writes Jen Fifield.

DISTRICT 4 STATE HOUSE: Michael Hough, a Republican delegate for District 3B, ran for state senator in District 4 and had won 66.8% of the vote by 11 p.m., with 82 of 85 precincts reporting. In the race for three delegate seats in District 4, Frederick County’s votes went to delegates Kelly Schulz and Kathy Afzali, and newcomer David E. Vogt III, all Republican candidates, reports Sylvia Carignan.


LEGGETT WINS: After eight years as county executive, Isiah Leggett is not done yet, writes Kate Alexander. Leggett (D) defeated the Republican challenger, former New York prosecutor Jim Shalleck, to win a third term as county executive, according to complete but unofficial results.

DISTRICT 15: Democratic incumbent Sen. Brian Feldman is set to win his first Senate election for District 15 after being appointed to the position in September 2013, writes Samantha Schmieder.

DISTRICT 16: Montgomery County’s District 16 will feature some reshuffling but maintain its all-Democratic makeup after three of the district’s incumbents were re-elected to the General Assembly and a Democratic challenger was elected to fill the fourth seat, reports Ryan Marshall.

DISTRICT 19: Democrats in District 19 swept to victory Tuesday, with voters returning state Sen. Roger Manno and Dels. Ben Kramer and Bonnie Cullison to Annapolis, and challenger Marice Morales claiming the third delegate slot, writes Raisa Camargo.

DISTRICT 22: Democratic candidates in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates for District 22 were ahead of their Republican opponents according to unofficial general election results late Tuesday, reports Alice Popovici.

DISTRICT 25: Incumbent state Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Dist. 25) of Forestville holds a commanding lead over a Republican newcomer in the race to serve District 25 in the Maryland General Assembly, reports Kirsten Petersen.

DISTRICT 26: Incumbent state Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington is on track to earn a third consecutive term by staving off Republican challenger Kelley Howells of Accokeek, Kirsten Petersen reports.

MIDDLETON, MILLER RETURN TO SENATE: Democrats Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton and Sen. Mike Miller handily won their general election races for state Senate, writes Andrew Michaels in the Gazette.

U.S. REP. EDWARDS LEADS: Incumbent U.S. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-Dist. 4) of Fort Washington has taken a strong lead against challengers Nancy Hoyt (R) of Severna Park and Arvin Vohra (L) of Bethesda in preliminary general election results, writes Kirsten Petersen.


FROSH AS ATTY GEN: Brian E. Frosh will inherit much of what he wrought, reports Steve Lash. The state’s attorney general-elect, who rolled to an easy victory Tuesday over Republican Jeffrey Pritzger, as a Democratic state senator drafted Maryland’s controversial — and to many, constitutionally suspect — gun-control law. The measure requires people to be licensed and fingerprinted before purchasing a handgun, as well as banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.


DISTRICT 2B: Longtime Democratic Del. John Donoghue was defeated Tuesday by Republican challenger Brett Wilson in his bid for re-election in Legislative Subdistrict 2B. Donoghue was trailing Wilson by about 650 votes with all precincts reporting, reports Kaustuv Basu.


DISTRICT 35B: Jane Bellmyer reports that Republican candidates snapped up both seats in District 35B for the Maryland House of Delegates. Andrew Cassilly and Teresa Reilly easily led the field of four, defeating Jeffrey Elliott and Daniel Lamey.


DISTRICT 38B: This publication is now behind a complete paywall. But from the headlines, you’ll learn that Bob Culver wins as Wicomico County exec and Carl Anderton was elected to House District 38B.


DISTRICT 5: Also behind a paywall:  Incumbent Republican Joe Getty turned back a challenge from Democrat Anita Riley in the race for the District 5 seat in the Maryland Senate, garnering 15,151 votes, or about 76%, with 18 of 35 precincts reporting.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:


  1. reader

    FYI– the article linked in the post-election roundup, “One Maryland, Two Views,” was actually published in the Easton Star-Democrat– not the Cecil Whig as your written summary states. Mr. Sharp is, like his name, a ‘sharp’ reporter and his employer should be given proper credit.

  2. InGodWeTrust

    In God We Trust indeed ! Congratulations to Michael Peroutka!!!

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