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Maryland deciding state government, US House races


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland voters turned out on a rainy Election Day to re-elect Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, as all 188 seats of the Maryland General Assembly and the state’s eight-member U.S. House delegation also were on the ballot.

Hogan defeated Democrat Ben Jealous in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Here is a look at the key Maryland races in Tuesday’s election:


Hogan said a second term would look a lot like his first, and his priorities are the same: aiming to make improvements in education, job creation and transportation infrastructure. He said he also wants to continue working for tax relief. A moderate Republican who has emphasized bipartisanship, he is the first Republican governor to win re-election in Maryland since 1954.


Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, cruised to a third Senate term. He defeated Republican Tony Campbell, a Towson University politics lecturer and former U.S. Army chaplain. Neal Simon, a business executive from Potomac, Maryland, also ran as an unaffiliated candidate.


David Trone, a Democrat and co-owner of a national wine store chain, won Maryland’s only open House seat. He defeated Amie Hoeber, a Republican and national security consultant.


Voters will decide who will serve in all 47 Senate seats. The Senate now has 33 Democrats and 14 Republicans. The GOP is aiming to gain five seats in what they’re calling “The Drive for Five.” That’s because it would deprive Democrats of the 29 votes they need to override a veto from the governor.


All 141 seats in the Maryland House of Delegates are being decided by voters. The chamber has 91 Democrats and 50 Republicans. Democrats need to keep 85 seats to have the three-fifths vote needed to override a veto from the governor.


Democrat Brian Frosh was re-elected attorney general, defeating Republican Craig Wolf.


Democrat Peter Franchot was re-elected comptroller, defeating Republican Anjali Phukan.


Voters approved a constitutional amendment to require casino revenue set aside for schools to be used to enhance education spending above state funding formulas is on the ballot. Voters also approved a constitutional amendment to allow residents to register and vote on Election Day.

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