Sunday, November 11, 2012
Victors attribute the wins to Democratic Party dominance, among other factors.
Capital News Service A dominant state Democratic Party, a progressive electorate, a national trend toward socially liberal policies and the need for more revenue in tough economic times converged in Maryland to bring passage of same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, expanded gambling and a gerrymandered political map, political observers say. All of Maryland's ballot initiatives passed on election night. "(Gov. Martin) O'Malley and the Democrats have complete control," said Blair Lee, political columnist at The Gazette newspapers. "The only (political) competition and conversation was among Democrats … the Republicans are almost now gone the way of the Whig Party in terms of influence and presence." In Maryland, …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The unofficial numbers are in, and county voters re-elected Democratic leaders and said yes to controversial questions on the ballot.
Prince George's County is easily identified as a "blue," so it was no surprise Tuesday night when Democrats swept the election. With 98.7 percent of the ballots counted by the county's board of elections, the unofficial tally states that President Barack Obama was re-elected by almost 90 percent of the county's voters. Sen. Ben Cardin took 81.3 percent of the vote, while Rep. Donna Edwards and Rep. Steny Hoyer took almost 93.3 percent and 84.9 percent of the vote respectively in order to be re-elected to their seats. However, the biggest items drawing eligible voters to the polls were the statewide questions on the Dream Act, same-sex marriage and gambling expansion. In Prince George's County, all of the measures have passed according to …
From long lines and political signs to teenage politicos and "I voted" stickers, here are the images from Election Day.
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President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting also survive referendum challenges.
UPDATED (2:26 a.m.)—Same-sex marriage is the law in Maryland. The passage of the controversial law was the biggest win among a list of six other statewide ballot questions including the DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting that all also passed. Gov. Martin O'Malley took to the podium to address the Question 6 victory party at The Soundstage in Baltimore early Wednesday to chants of his last name. O'Malley thanked the crowd for all they had done "in this noble battle to move Maryland Forward." The governor praised supporters for all their hard work and for securing support for the controversial ballot question by talking to their families and their religious institutions. "You were carrying this banner of human …
Voters in Maryland on Tuesday gave the state's 10 electoral votes to Barack Obama.
Barack Obama won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Maryland. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. ABC and CNN reported Obama had won Maryland within 30 minutes of the polls closing around the state. » Follow live election updates here and 'like' our Maryland Patch Facebook page. Women's rights at the national level were a key issue for some in Maryland, including Edgemere resident Trudie Stancliff. "I know of a lot of …
Question 7 has dominated the minds of voters.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
By DAVID GUTMAN and MATT OWINGS Capital News Service In a state sure to go to President Barack Obama, with very few competitive congressional races, voters streamed to the polls in Maryland on Tuesday motivated by three high profile referendums on gay marriage, gambling and immigration. With $92.2 million spent by supporters and opponents of Question 7, which would expand casino gambling in Maryland, the issue has dominated the airwaves in the state. But the massive amount of campaign ads did not clarify the issue for all voters. “I’m not too sure about whether the money will actually go to the schools,” said Mary Floyd, 58, who, despite her uncertainty, voted yes on Question 7 at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville. “My thing is …
Follow the results for the races that matter to Prince George's County
We'll be posting live results for selected races relevant to Prince George's County. Check back frequently as new results are posted. We'll be following the presidential race, the race for Maryland congressional districts 4 and 5, all of the statewide referendums and all of the contested board of education seats. Also note, we will be tracking two tallys on Question 7. One tracks the statewide result, the other will track the county result. In the meantime, here's the top local election news from around the county:
Will the results in 2012 be similar to those in 2008?
Four years ago—on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008—the Obama-Biden ticket received 88.9 percent of the general election vote in Prince George's County according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The McCain-Palin ticket, in comparison, got only 10.4 percent of the county's votes, according to the board. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Dist. 5) won his House of Representatives seat four years ago with 84.8 percent of the vote. His Republican challenger, Collins Bailey, received 12.9 percent of the county's votes. Across the state, about 430,000 Marylanders voted early in the 2012 election, The Baltimore Sun reported: Democrats made up two-thirds (66 percent) of the 430,000 early voters, outvoting Republicans 3.2 to 1, compared to their voter registration …
Maryland's Patch editors bring live coverage of Election Day 2012 to your fingertips.
Patch has editors on the ground in dozens of communities around Maryland today, bringing you live coverage of Election Day 2012. Join the conversation above starting at 9 a.m. The chat window will aggregate Twitter posts from our Patch team and other Twitter users we thought you may find interesting on Election Day. Basically, you can follow everything election related right here—from the county and state ballot questions to the presidential election. Here are a few stories to get you started—we'll be updating this list throughout the day, too. For more updates, follow Maryland Patch teams on Facebook.