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While much of the focus is on the Senate and Governor's race, I wanted to examine how the statehouse races in Maryland fared.  But first let me mention I'm more relieved this morning that the margins in both the Senate and Governor's race look much better and give me greater confidence we won these races.  Of course Ehrlich and Steele are probably not going to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted.  However, I suspect that despite their efforts to get Republicans to vote absentee, I think a whole lot of Democrats voted absentee as well.  Thus these ballots will not result in a change in the results.

Okay...on to some of the most exciting races in the Senate first......including one candidate who had to beat his opponent twice in the same election cycle, after the opponent changed political parties. For those outside Maryland note that Dems already hold a veto proof majority.  Ehrlich had been attempting to whittle away enough seats to make his vetos stand.

District 21 State Senate
Democrat Jim Rosapepe defeated Incumbent John Giannetti AGAIN, with 67% of the vote.  In spite of Giannetti's jump to the GOP, he still could not defeat former Delegate and former Ambassador to Romania,  Jim Rosapepe.  This seat remains in the D column. The primary race between the two candidates made headlines early this year when Giannetti saved Rosapepe's life by performing the heimlich maneuver on him as he was choking.  Giannetti did not know at the time he had saved his opponent's life. This district covers areas in Prince George's and Anne Arundel County.

District 30 State Senate and House of Delegates
Republican Delegate Herbert McMillan left his safe seat in the House to challenge State Senator John Astle at Bob Ehrlich's bidding.  With only 2 precincts not reporting, it appears the incumbent Dem will hold his seat with almost 54% of the vote.

This challenge by McMillan left an open seat in the House that Democrats hoped to take and with again 2 precincts not reporting, it appears that Democrat Barbara Samorajczyk may win the seat.  The House race has not be called yet, but Samorajczyk is up by almost 500 votes. Ron George is the Republican with the closest vote total.  If Samorajczyk hangs on to win, this is a seat pickup for the Dems in Anne Arundel County.  She would join House Speaker Michael Busch and Del. Virginia Claggett in the House. The GOP had fielded a number of candidates in this race, with three emerging from the primary race, to attempt to defeat Busch. However, Busch received the most votes of all 6 candidates.

District 31 State Senate and House of Delegates

The Senate seat is an open seat that was created when Democrat Phil Jimeno retired this year. This seat may be one of the most hotly contested open seats in Maryland this year. With 6 precincts left to report, the race is a dead heat between Democrat Walter Shandrowsky and Republican Bryan Simonaire.  This one is going to be a nailbiter.  

And the delegates race is no different. Currently 2 Republicans and one Democrat appear to be leading the vote totals, but it's too close to call.  If this trend stands,  the Republicans may maintain their two seats in this district, with two newcomers Kipke and Schuh.  Currently incumbent Del. Joan Cadden (D) is the top vote getter while ironically incumbent Republican Delegate Dwyer is trailing the other two Republican candidates.  This race may take counting the absentee ballots to call. And again, this is a Anne Arundel County district.  

District 13 State Senate

Repbulican State Senator Sandra Shrader lost her re-elction bid to Democrat and former Howard County Executive James Robey.  Howard County has been trending more blue as it has become a suburban home to families whose members work in in DC and/or Baltimore. Schrader was considered to be a moderate Republican, but Robey's popularity and the general mood of the electorate dictated her dismissal.  Robey won with nearly 57% of the vote.

District 8 House of Delegates

This one is not called yet but it looks like the Democrats might have taken all three delegates seats, where they previously only held one seat.  This is a Baltimore County district.  It appears that Incumbent Del. Eric Bromwell (D) will easily win and Dem challengers Baisden and Shuler may defeat the other incumbent Repblican Delegates Cluster and Boteler along with the third Republican candidate Mullahey

I'm not sure if this race was on anyone's radar, as I hadn't heard anything about it until today. This one looks like it may take days to call and the absentee ballots will need to be counted.  Cross your fingers for a two seat Dem pickup.

District 15 House of Delegates

One of only two Republican office holders left in Montgomery County has lost her delegates race.  (Howie Denis, long time  County Councilmember is the other, and it looks like he has lost his re-election bid as well.)

Jean Cryor, who has held her seat since the mid 1990s narrowly lost her seat (<700 votes) to newcomer Democrat Craig Rice.  While Cryor was a progressive Republican (a dying breed, unfortunately), it appears in this polarized election year she fell victim to the strong sentiment against all Republicans this election cycle and could not pull her usual cross-over voters.  

Craig Rice brings more diversity and youth to the District 15 team, as a 34 year old African American father of two who works for Marriott International. (The rest of Team 15 are all lawyers, LOL.) His election also balances the power in this large district that runs from North Bethesda along the Potomac to Poolesville, Germantown and Clarksburg. Now the district will be represented by two delegates from Potomac (Feldman and Dumais) and a delegate and State Senator (Garagiola) from Germantown. Jean Cryor was also from Potomac.

This is another seat pickup for the Dems in the House.

District 27B House of Delegates

Progressive Democrat Sue Kullen succeeded in her bid to return to the House of Delegates in a red district covering Calvert County.  Sue Kullen had been appointed to that seat when the current popular Democratic Delegate was appointed to a government post by Bob Ehrlich in 2004 in an attempt to have the GOP win that seat in 2006. She won with 57% of the vote. Take that Bobby Haircut and the GOP.

District 28 House of Delegates

Dems pick up a seat in southern Maryland in Charles County. The two Democratic incumbents (Jameson and Levy) plus a Democratic challenger Murphy knockout Republican incumbent Mayer.

District 32 House of Delegates

This Anne Arundel district gives Dems another seat pickup, as both incumbents and Dem challenger Beidle defeat incumbent Repblican delegate Terry R. Gilleland, Jr.

District 34A House of Delegates

Dems pick up a seat in red Harford County/Cecil County of all places!  I need to conatct my pal in Harford to get the skinny, but Democrat challenger Riley defeated incumbent Republican Delegate Sheryl Davis Kohl, giving Dems both seats in this district. That's another seat pickup.

District 42 House of Delegates --ADDED

In a very close race, it looks like Democratic candidates Tracy Miller and Steve Lafferty may have grabbed two of three Republican held seats (one open seat) in District 42 in Baltimore County.

Tracy Miller lost her son in Fallujiah and is a Gold Star Mom. She ran specifically as a mother of a fallen soldier. Steve Lafferty is the Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning in Howard County. If they are declared winners, they will have defeated incumbent William J. Frank. Susan L. M. Aumann, the other incumbent Republican Delegate appears to be able to hold onto her seat. This will be a two seat pickup.

District 3A House of Delegates --ADDED

Not sure how I missed this race, but up in Frederick County, Democrat Sue Hecht will be joining Del Galen Clagett in Annapolis representing District 3A. Hecht defeated incumbent delegate Patrick N. Hogan (R). The 27-year-old Hogan (not to be confused with MoCo State Senator Patrick J. Hogan) won his seat in 2002. Sue Hecht has been a community advocate and activist for 20 years, particularly involved in helping those who are victims of domestic abuse and child abuse. That's another one in the D column.

In Summary:

Democrats are only in real danger of losing 2 seats in District 31, one in the Senate and one in the House. Meanwhile they picked up 6 seats for certain with a couple more possible. And they retained a number of others that the GOP targetted. The GOP had set its sights on winning five Senate and 14 House seats.

Even if Ehrlich had won re-election, the Democrats managed to extend their control in the House and maintain their control in the Senate, ensuring their veto override power. And now it appears O'Malley will be Governor, along with Franchot as Comptroller and Gansler as Attorney General.

Maryland remains at it's core a blue state, with red exurbs.  It's now up to O'Malley and the rest of the team to work towards cultivating a more purple balance in those less populous counties while maintining the base in the DC and Baltimore suburbs and in Baltimore.  And part of maintaining the base will require reaching out to the African American community to let them know their issues are important and that their votes are not taken for granted. If O'Malley is truly presidential material, he should be able to accomplish that and particularly, to make it a point to accomplish that. :)

Originally posted to Sharon in MD on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:02 AM PST.

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  •  great news (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD

    Thats great news. Maybe this is the wrong place to ask but how did we fare in the state house/senate races in general?

    You see things that are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were and ask, "Why not?"

    by New Frontier on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:07:07 AM PST

  •  I saw Chris Van Hollen on election night (4+ / 0-)
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    howie14, Hprof, stitchmd, Sharon in MD

    Big, big smile on his face. He was confident that the Democrats had swept the legislative races, and we shared a chuckle about Ehrlich and Steele refusing to concede.

    "Well, they had a good four years," I said.

    He was too gracious to snark back at me.

  •  Wish I could have (3+ / 0-)
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    Hprof, stitchmd, Christopher Walker

    filled in more details on some of these races, but the entry was getting long, and I wasn't as familiar with those races.  Please feel free to add any additional info you have.  I'll try to add pertinent details to the diary as folks pass those along.

    I'm just floored that we made such gains in a legislature we already dominated.  That just shows how strong the Democratic wave is this year! Woot!

    I'm so glad I can stop worrying now! :)

    Victory feels sooooo good!

  •  Thanks for this! (3+ / 0-)

    MD is my home state and it's nice to get some more good news about the Democratic Party there. I've been worried over the past four years, but things look great!

    Thanks!

    "Great day in the morning people. Victory is mine...! I drink from the keg of glory, Donna. Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land."

    by Joshua Lyman on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:13:32 AM PST

  •  Ehrlich is conceding! (2+ / 0-)
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    billlaurelMD, stitchmd

    According to WBAL at 11:20 AM.  Press conference coming.

  •  thanks, Sharon (3+ / 0-)

    As to the top of the ticket races—has there been any discussion at dkos of the failure of Wayne Curry et al’s endorsement of Steele?  

    It looks like Steele polled about 6K more votes in PG than did Bobby Haircut.  That amounts to about 4% of all votes cast in the county, which still means that Steele got trounced 76-23 by Cardin in PG, only slightly better than Ehrlich’s 80-19% defeat there.

    •  I'm hoping... (3+ / 0-)
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      stephdray, Hprof, Christopher Walker

      ...that Curry becomes a "party of one" after this grandstand play.

    •  It seems from the exit polling (3+ / 0-)
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      that Steele did poorly with African American women. It seems they know a smooth talker who's full of it when they see one, LOL!

      (I have a coworker from Prince George's County who falls into that category)

    •  waiting (1+ / 0-)
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      howie14

      failure of Wayne Curry

      for the absentees/official results. Despite all of the talk of great turnout, I see 39.45% w/94% for PG -- bump up a bit for outstanding votes, but still ... It was 56% in 2002, supposedly a down year.

      So I wouldn't conclude anything yet. The real effect may be that lots of people stayed home, but the rest of the state got bluer to compensate including the most of red counties.

      I'll say one thing, though: Prince George's does not have one elected Republican.

      •  I'll be interested in the final numbers (1+ / 0-)
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        kindertotenlieder

        I think you are right about the rest of the state.  Without any actual numbers of prior elections in front of me, I thought while looking at yesterday's numbers that Martin and Cardin both did better in places like Western Maryland than recent Dems.

        •  yep (0+ / 0-)

          5-7pt shift in a lot of the 'redder' counties. Very consistent. Sorry about Carroll, though ;-)

        •  O'Malley won Balt. and Howard counties. (0+ / 0-)

          Those, I believe, went to Ehrlich in '02.

        •  playing with numbers (0+ / 0-)

          from the Sun, but not comparing to previous elections:

          Cardin outperformed O'Malley across the state as we know, but not in all jurisdictions.

          Cardin > O'Malley in Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Carroll County, Dorchester, Frederick, Howard, Mongomery, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, Worcester.

          Cardin won Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Charles County, Howard County, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Cardin's lowest percentage was in Garrett: highest was in (get this, though not all reports are in) Prince George's county.

          O'Malley > Cardin in Allegany, Baltimore City, Caroline, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Prince George's, and Somerset.

          O'Malley won Baltimore City, Charles, Howard, Montegomery and Prince George's Counties. O'Malleys lowest percentage was in Carroll County and highest was also in Prince George's County.

          So much for the PG endorsements, hm.

          While I've listed all the jurisdictions, the differences between the vote totals for the two men were in double digits in Dorchester, Harfod, Kent and Somerset counties.

          And in the governor's race in Baltimore County, acc. to the sun, O'Malley is 121,583; Ehrlich is 122,063, or less than 500 votes in Ehrlich's old stomping grounds.

  •  Back to topic (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD

    Locally, I saw none of the wave in deep red Carroll County. While not expecting any victories, I did hope we'd pull the margins down 10% or so.

    Consistently, the Republican candidates pulled 68% of the vote from the top of the ticket to the bottom. Just like every other year.

    Only in the Commissioners race, where a split in the local GOP left us with a small opening, did we even have a candidate come close to election.

  •  Pinheads hang on in the 37th. (3+ / 0-)
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    stephdray, stitchmd, Sharon in MD

    All Gooper, all the time here on the shore.
    Grasping at a straw under a load of pony manure:
    Dorchester County gave Ehrlich his 2nd lowest total on the shore; Kent gave Bobby Haircut even less love.

    BUT our votes for Cardin and O'Malley counted like everybody's!

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:26:20 AM PST

  •  42nd (0+ / 0-)

    Miller wins! That's a democratic pickup in a heavily conservative district (Brochin's - who also won again.)

    •  So Tracy Miller eeked it out? (0+ / 0-)

      It was too close to call when I looked on the Sun's website -- she was only up by 7 votes!!!!.

      Tracy E. Miller, of Towson, is a Democratic candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates from District 42.

      Many area residents already know Miller as the mother of Marine Cpl. Nicholas Ziolkowski, who was killed last November in Fallujah, Iraq.

      Her bid for a seat in the House of Delegates is directly related to that tragic loss and her new role as a Gold Star mom—the mother of a fallen soldier.

      I'll add that race......thx

  •  Great Night For Maryland! (2+ / 0-)
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    Governor O'Malley. Senator Cardin. Increased margins in the state legislature.  

    Any news on District 42, which has some tightly contested races?

    Check out Answer Guy Online. Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

    by Answer Guy on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:37:10 AM PST

  •  Sen-21 (1+ / 0-)
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    baltimoremom

    While the party switch was a pinhead move, I've met John Giannetti several times and like him a lot. I wish him well in whatever he does next.

  •  I am going to miss these Maryland threads (4+ / 0-)

    It felt like detox when they started drying up Monday into Tuesday.  I am going to try and find the words (later on in a diary) to express my appreciation and graditude and satisfaction with all of you Maryland Kossacks.  It has really been a joy to be here these 6-12 months.

    •  Don't worry (2+ / 0-)
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      stephdray, stitchmd

      they'll be plenty to blog about come January when theses newly elected federal and state candidates go to Washington and Annapolis respectively.  We need to be discussing all the legislation being considered and push for a progressive agenda that focuses on middle-class and low income families.

      We ain't done yet here in Maryland.  Just on the voting machine issue we have a lot of work to do to get an appropriate replacement system in place for 2008. Not to mention so many other important issues, including healthcare.

    •  Hey, let's not let this go (2+ / 0-)
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      stephdray, Sharon in MD

      we still have work to do, lots of work to do.

      We did say we weren't going to take things for granted when we won, didn't we? And we still have feet to hold to the fire.

  •  WOW: They didn't even take the Philly folks HOME (1+ / 0-)
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    stephdray

    I just got an email from someone saying she saw two Ehrlich poll workers who were asking about where they could find some shelter after the polling last night.

    Shameful, just shameful. Despicable.

    Good to see them go.

  •  Can't stop smiling! (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD

    here in Hazzard County!  That's Harford County if you're confused.  I worked the polls all day long yesterday and saw firsthand how registered Dems Vote Republican.  It turns my stomach.  Thank God that the state is much more blue today!  It is so disheartening to work so hard and not see it reflected in your town. All I know is that come Thanksgiving Day, the smile on my face will still be there for my inlaws to see!!! These people up here are a lost cause I'm afraid. But I'm sooooooo happy today!!!!!!!!!!

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