State Roundup, November 9, 2016

VAN HOLLEN WINS SENATE SEAT: Rep. Chris Van Hollen won Maryland’s open Senate seat Tuesday, capping a nearly two-year campaign in which the seven-term Democratic lawmaker argued that his ability to navigate a polarized Congress would enable him to carry on the legacy of his popular predecessor.

BROWN WINS HOUSE SEAT: Democratic former Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown on Tuesday won a seat in the House of Representatives from the state’s 4th Congressional District — and a measure of political redemption after his upset loss to Republican Larry Hogan in the 2014 gubernatorial election, John Fritze reports in the Sun.

SEN. RASKIN WINS HOUSE SEAT: Democrat Jamie Raskin, an outspokenly liberal member of the Maryland Senate for the past decade, Tuesday was overwhelmingly elected as the next member of Congress from the 8th District, reports Louis Peck in Bethesda Beat.

SIX HOUSE INCUMBENTS WIN: Six Maryland incumbents in the House of Representatives — five Democrats and a Republican — coasted to re-election on Tuesday. Democratic Reps. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore, Dutch Ruppersberger of Baltimore County, John Sarbanes of Baltimore County, John Delaney of Montgomery County and Steny Hoyer of Southern Maryland and Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Baltimore County all won reelection, Matthew Hay Brown writes in the Sun.

REP. DELANEY RE-ELECTED:Democratic Rep. John Delaney struck a bipartisan tone Tuesday evening as he thanked volunteers, supporters and family for helping him win a third term in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, Glynis Kazanjian writes in Delaney handily defeated Republican candidate Amie Hoeber 55% to 41%. Delaney spent $1.4 million on the race, and Hoeber spent close to $1 million, plus independent spending by a super PAC funded by her husband.

LOSING & CELEBRATING: Len Lazarick of reports that while Maryland Republicans were losing the U.S. Senate race by a wide margin and losing hard fought races for Congress, on Tuesday night in a ballroom at the BWI Marriott, they were celebrating and looking ahead to the 2018 election with glee.

DAY IN PHOTOS: Here’s a Sun photo gallery of Election Day happenings around Maryland.

BALLOT QUESTIONS AROUND STATE: Voters rebuffed the political establishment by adopting term limits in Montgomery County. And in Prince George’s County, voters endorsed a measure favored by most of their elected leaders in adding two at-large seats to the County Council. That expands the body from nine members to 11, Robert McCartney reports for the Post.

SEN. PUGH ELECTED CITY MAYOR: State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh was elected Baltimore’s mayor by an overwhelming margin Tuesday. The Democrat will lead a city that is enjoying a development boom in some areas but suffering from a shocking level of violence and persistent poverty in others. Pugh beat back a spirited write-in challenge from Sheila Dixon, the former mayor who finished a close second in April’s Democratic primary. In a city where most voters are Democrats, Pugh easily outdistanced Green Party candidate Joshua Harris and Republican Alan Walden, reports Luke Broadwater in the Sun.

BRAND NEW CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: When the new Baltimore City Council convenes Dec. 8, more than half its members will take seats in the chamber for the first time. The newcomers are pledging to push a more liberal agenda than their predecessors, including increasing the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

CECIL EXEC SPOT GOES TO REPUBLICAN: Republican Cecil County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy convincingly won the race for county executive against his Democratic opponent Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome on Tuesday night, Cheryl Mattix of the Cecil Whig reports.

TIGHT HAGERSTOWN MAYORAL RACE: With all 15 city precincts reporting Tuesday night, Robert E. Bruchey was leading the Hagerstown mayor’s race with 6,216 votes compared with 6,125 votes for incumbent Mayor David S. Gysberts. With only 91 votes separating the two, the race was too close to call since there were at least 638 absentee city ballots as of earlier in the evening, the Hagerstown Herald Mail is reporting.

WHO TURNED OUT & WHY:  Kevin Rector of the Sun writes that in the Montgomery County suburb of Silver Spring, a cultural melting pot outside Washington, home to one of the largest immigrant communities in Maryland, young first-generation Americans arrived with their immigrant parents to vote together alongside older, whiter residents. Some said they preferred Hillary Clinton. Others, Donald Trump.

POLLS AT JAIL REJECTED: The highest court in Maryland considered — but ultimately rejected — a last-minute request on Monday for state elections officials to provide incarcerated pre-trial and non-felon inmates in Maryland better access to the ballot box during Tuesday’s national and local elections, in part by installing polling stations within correctional facilities, writes Kevin Rector for the Sun.

VOTING ODDS & ENDS:  For months, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he didn’t like Donald Trump. Then, this summer, the popular first-term governor said he wouldn’t vote for the Republican presidential nominee or for Hillary Clinton. He thought neither deserved to be president. So, who got his vote? Ovetta Wiggins of the Post finds out.

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:

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