State Roundup, November 7, 2018

HOGAN SURFS TO VICTORY: Gov. Larry Hogan won reelection Tuesday, defying a strong anti-Trump backlash to become the second Republican executive in state history to earn a second term, Post staff is reporting. The governor’s promises to roll back taxes and work with Democrats, coupled with his high approval ratings, lifted him to victory over Democratic challenger and political newcomer Ben Jealous.

NO COATTAILS: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan may have surfed a blue wave to a second term on his “purple surfboard,” but Republicans seeking the top office in counties around the state — including two incumbents — didn’t fair as well. Republican incumbents in Anne Arundel and Howard counties lost their bids for re-election despite Hogan carrying both counties, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.

EDUCATION ‘LOCKBOX’ WINS: The Sun’s Ian Duncan reports that voters gave their backing Tuesday to a pair of amendments to Maryland’s constitution. One requires casino revenues to be added to school budgets and the other opens the way for people to sign up to vote on Election Day. There was strong support for both measures.

PROBLEMS AT THE POLLS: There were still lines of voters waiting their turn in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties when news outlets began to call the gubernatorial race for Gov. Larry Hogan (R) at 9:07 p.m. Tuesday. Polling places in Accokeek and Upper Marlboro had run out of paper ballots, state Democratic officials said, and voters were in line for hours waiting for replacement ballots and a chance to vote, Marissa Lang and Ovetta Wiggins of the Post write.

FROSH WINS: Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat who has emerged as one of the Trump administration’s chief antagonists, secured an easy victory over a Republican challenger who questioned his record of fighting violent crime across Maryland. The mild-mannered Frosh, 72, held a wide lead over Republican challenger Craig Wolf, a 56-year-old former prosecutor and liquor industry lobbyist. Wolf said shortly after 11 p.m. that he had conceded the race, Ian Duncan writes in the Sun.


STATE HOUSE WRAP: Democrats made significant gains in the House of Delegates Tuesday night, bringing the number of seats they’ll hold in the next legislative term to at least 96. But their candidates are ahead in two other districts, pending the count of absentee and provisional ballots. So they could wind up with 98 seats compared to 43 for the GOP — which would be a net gain of seven seats, writes Josh Kurtz in Maryland Matters.

DRIVE FOR FIVE SPUTTERS: Maryland’s Republican Party failed to achieve its ambitious goals for gains in the General Assembly as Gov. Larry Hogan’s coattails turned out to be remarkably short, in spite of his re-election victory, writes Michael Dresser in the Sun.

DISTRICT 1 INCUMBENTS WIN: All four members of the District 1 delegation won re-election Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial results, the Cumberland Times News reports. In District 1B, Republican incumbent Jason Buckel won 63% of the vote to defeat Democratic challenger Penny Walker and earn a second term. In District 1A, Republican incumbent Wendell Beitzel earned nearly 79% of the vote to beat Democratic challenger Michael Dreisbach. District 1C Republican Del. Mike McKay also easily earned a second term, receiving 83% of the vote. District 1 Sen. George Edwards ran unopposed.

YOUNG, HOUGH HOLD SEATS: Incumbent Sen. Ron Young, D-District 3, hung onto his seat and was elected for a third term on Tuesday. The District 3 seat was considered one of the most closely contested in the state and a target of the state Republican Party’s “Drive for Five.” The GOP, which held 14 of the 47 seats in the Senate previously, sought to add five more Republican senators, so it could break the Democratic supermajority, Samantha Hogan and Mallory Panuska report in the Frederick News-Post. Sen. Michael Hough, R, bested the Democratic “wave” in District 4 and will serve a second four-year term in the state Senate.

ALL DEMS IN MO CO DISTRICT: Montgomery County’s state legislative delegation — consisting of 32 members, including one senator and three delegates from each of the county’s eight districts — has been all-Democratic since 2006, when the late Republican Del. Jean Cryor of Potomac lost a bid for re-election from District 15. And the delegation is going to stay that way for at least the next four years, Louis Peck of Bethesda Beat reports.

ELFRETH, BEIDLE WIN SENATE: With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Republican hopes to flip two Anne Arundel County districts and narrow the veto-proof Democratic majority in the Maryland state Senate evaporated, Danielle Ohl of the Annapolis Capital reports. Political newcomer Sarah Elfreth and Del. Pam Beidle, D-Linthicum, won in Districts 30 and 32. Elfreth, 30, will become the youngest state senator and one of the youngest women to ever hold office in the General Assembly.

DISTRICT 36 INCUMBENTS WIN: Incumbent Republican Steve Arentz retained his seat for District 36 House of Delegates with 14,520 votes with fellow Republican Jeff Ghrist garnering 11,706 votes and Jay Jacobs garnering 12,250 votes. Democratic challenger Crystal Woodward totaled 7,230 votes with fellow Democrats Keirien Taylor getting 4,849 votes and Michael Ian Welker receiving 4,399 votes, Kristian Jaime reports in the Easton Star Democrat.


SURPRISE VICTORY FOR DEM PITTMAN: Democratic county executive candidate Steuart Pittman upset incumbent Republican Steve Schuh Tuesday night in a surprise victory, Chase Cook and Rachael Pacella of the Annapolis Capital report. Pittman received 51.8% of the vote. Schuh received 48.1%. The County Council flipped to a 4-3 Democratic majority. A large photo gallery tops the article.

ELRICH ROUTS FLOREEN, FICKER: Democrat Marc Elrich rode a wave of progressive voters in Montgomery County on Tuesday to become county executive, sweeping past a moderate colleague who mounted an independent campaign to challenge him, Jennifer Barrios reports for the Post.

BALL OUSTS KITTLEMAN: Democratic County Councilman Calvin Ball will be the first African American Howard county executive as he secured a clear victory over Republican incumbent Allan Kittleman, Erin Logan of the Howard County Times reports. “I feel phenomenal,” Ball said in an interview, an hour after unofficial results arrived.

OLSZEWSKI BESTS REDMER: Dundalk Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. will be Baltimore County’s next county executive after handily defeating Republican Al Redmer Jr. in Tuesday’s election, Pamela Wood of the Sun is reporting. Olszewski, 36, continues Democratic leadership of the state’s third-largest county, a run of party dominance that dates to 1994. Olszewski thanked his supporters for believing in him when others wrote him off.

ALSOBROOKS TO LEAD PRINCE GEORGE’S: Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks on Tuesday became the first woman chosen by voters to lead Maryland’s second-largest county, in an election that also saw the expansion of the County Council to include two at-large members, Rachel Chason and Lyn Bui of the Post report.

GARDNER WINS RE-ELECTION: Incumbent Jan Gardner claimed victory in the race for Frederick County executive on Tuesday night, besting fellow candidates Kathy Afzali (R) and Earl Robbins (unaffiliated) with 51.1% of the vote as of 11:45 p.m. Gardner said she expected a close race because there were three candidates involved, but she was excited to be elected to a second term, Steve Bohnel of the Frederick News-Post reports.


TRONE BEATS HOEBER: After two tries and more than $30 million spent out of his own pocket, businessman David Trone is headed to Capitol Hill, Louis Peck reports for Bethesda Beat.

CARDIN WINS; SIMON A DISTANT THIRD: Independent candidate Neal Simon’s longshot run for the U.S. Senate came up short Tuesday. Very short. With 97% of the vote counted, Simon had received 3.8% of the vote statewide and the same percentage in Montgomery County. Incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin was re-elected by an overwhelming margin, receiving 64% of the vote statewide to Republican Tony Campbell’s 31%, Steve Hull reports in Bethesda Beat.

HARRIS BEATS COLVIN: Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris will remain the congressional representative for Maryland’s First District, after receiving more than 60% of the vote Tuesday. Harris garnered 176,595 votes, or 60.5%, while his Democratic challenger Jesse Colvin received 109,617 total votes, or 37.6%. Jenica Martin, running as a Libertarian, received 5,420 votes, Jack Rodgers reports in the Cecil Whig.

  • The state’s seven other incumbent U.S. House members won re-election. The delegation’s only Republican, Rep. Andy Harris, defeated Democrat Jesse Colvin, Jeff Barker writes in the Sun. Harris, 61, an anesthesiologist, is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He won his fifth term in the 1st District, which is made up of parts of the counties of Baltimore, Carroll and Harford, as well as the Eastern Shore.

WA CO BOARD ALL MALE, ALL GOP: Democratic gains nationwide didn’t affect the race for Washington County Board of Commissioners as the board will remain all-Republican and all-male, according to complete but unofficial results, Julie Greene reports for the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

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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