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12:31 a.m.: @RectorSun: "Tonight voters showed that they were completely fed up with politics as usual."
12:30 a.m.: @pwoodreporter: Just spoke with @courtneywatson1, who congratulated @AKittleman on his victory as Howard County executive.
12:24 a.m.: Hogan: "Real change has come to Maryland."
12:23 a.m.: @RectorSun: "They said it couldn't be done in Maryland but together we did it."
12:22 a.m.: @RectorSun "This is the largest mandate for change in Maryland in 63 years," Hogan says.
12:19 a.m.: @RectorSun: Hogan is on stage. "What a historic night in Maryland."
12:13 a.m.: @iduncan: Brown: "We fell short of our campaign goals"
12:11 a.m.: @TBWheeler: Brown concedes, thanks supporters.
12:06 a.m.: Associated Press calls governor's race for Larry Hogan.
11:58 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: .@AKittleman declares victory in Howard County exec race, per @LukeHoCoTimes.
11:57 p.m.: @TBWheeler: With Brown trailing 45 to 53, supporters and pols gather on stage waiting for candidate. Glum faces and hugs.
11:53 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: With 89 precincts reporting, Hogan leads Brown 52.39 to 45.88 percent.
11:50 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: With 115/118 precincts, @AKittleman has 50,344 to @courtneywatson1 47,284 for Howard County executive.
11:41 p.m.: @justin_fenton: Sun election results, via MD Board of Elections, have 88% of precincts reporting and a 7% Hogan lead
11:26 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: 92 of 118 precincts in, @kittleman 40,258 to @courtneywatson1 40,180 for HoCo exec. Unsure how many absentees there are.
11:18 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: With 81 of 118 precincts in HoCo, @courtneywatson1 still leading @AKittleman for county exec. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1pnPCiIgAEoueP.jpg
11:15 p.m.: @baltimoresun: With 76% of precincts reporting, Hogan leads Brown by 101K votes (53% to 45%).
11:11 p.m.: @cwellssun: Hogan up 106,000 votes with 75% of precincts reporting
11:08 p.m.: @jfritze: For those watching #md06, it's worth noting only 93 of 250 MoCo precincts are in; voters there are breaking almost 2-to-1 for Delaney.
11:04 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: Important note: While Hogan has big lead so far, only 1/3 of vote-rich Montgomery County reported results. Democrats usually do well there.
11:02 p.m.: @baltimoresun: .@Schuh2014 wins Arundel exec race. bsun.md/1pjjFuT MT @TimPrudente1 @ElectGeorge2014 just conceded. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1pkYsEIcAACZ1W.jpg
10:59 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: With 63.5 percent of precincts counted, Hogan holds a more than 7 point lead over Brown. When Ehrlich won in 2002, he had a 3.9 point margin
10:59 p.m.: @lizbowie: Hogan now has a 100,000 vote lead over Brown.
10:56 p.m.: @baltimoresun: With 64% of precincts reporting, Hogan leads Brown by about 87K votes.
10:40 p.m.: @baltimoresun: Md. voters approve transportation lockbox, executive special elections
10:37 p.m.: @LukeHoCoTimes: Vote totals in #HoCoMd Exec. race: @courtneywatson1: 21,317, @AKittleman: 17,967 #HoCoVotes #Election2014
10:35 p.m.: @jfritze: Dan Bongino has taken a small lead in #md06 race over John Delaney, with 60% of precincts in.
10:31 p.m.: @RectorSun: Hogan camp says they're still looking to get better info on poll numbers, which stations they are coming from, if any Dem strongholds.
10:30 p.m.: @cmcampbell6: With 55 percent of precincts reporting, Hogan is up more than 91,000 votes on Brown.
10:24 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: In Anne Arundel Co, @Schuh2014 just tweeted "WE WON!" But @ElectGeorge2014 not conceding yet, reports @TimPrudente1.
10:21 p.m.: @michaeltdresser: Brown kept it close in Baltimore County in early voting. But Hogan beating him 2-1 on Election Day.
10:12 p.m.: @jfritze: Early returns in #md06 show Delaney w/ 49.5% & Bongino w/ 48.5% w/ about 1/3 of precincts in. Appears a lot of MoCo still outstanding, tho.
10:11 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: With 36 percent of precincts reporting, Hogan leads Brown 53-45.
10:04 p.m.: @michaeltdresser: Hogan now leads by almost 25,000 votes. 51-47 percent.
9:50 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: Before election, AACC prof Dan Nataf told me Hogan 30-pt lead in AACo would mean victory statewide. Hogan up 32 points now in AA.
9:49 pm.: @baltimoresun: 1,086 of 3,972 precincts reporting. bsun.md/1EgRrnC MT @cwellssun Hogan up by more than 23,000 votes and about 4 percentage points.
9:46 p.m.: @michaeltdresser: Brown won early voting but Hogan is way ahead on election day votes. Lead 16,000 and growing.
9:43 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: .@courtneywatson1 still leading @AKittleman for Howard County exec, roughly 56% to 44%. pic.twitter.com/0I400LgYeC
9:37 p.m: @cwellssun Hardly any Howard County votes are in so far, those returns could tip things back in Brown's direction
9:36 p.m.: @michaeltdresser Hogan goes up 50-49 in statewide count. About 4700 votes separate them.
9:32 p.m.: @michaeltdresser: Baltimore County numbers looking better for Hogan. Now up 58-40. Better on election day than early voting.
9:31 p.m.: @pwoodreporter: AA County with more election day votes. @Schuh2014 over @ElectGeorge2014 for county exec, 58.59% to 41.2%.
9:21 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun Brown has a 17,220 vote margin over Hogan in Baltimore City's early voting returns, which pumps up his statewide lead to 26,772.
9:18 p.m.: @lukebroadwater: It looks like the state Senate will remain about the same, but Republicans will pick up about 4 seats in the House if early voting holds
9:10 p.m.: @pwoodreporter The @mdreps are doing very strong in Dundalk, reports @aliknez, who is following Baltimore County elections tonight.
9:07 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: Based on early voting returns: Brown leading in PG, Montgomery, & Howard. Hogan leading in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford & Carroll.
9:03 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: Note: Board of Elections tells us Baltimore City early voting totals are not in yet. The city's a Democratic stronghold.
8:59 p.m.: @ErinatTheSun: Brown holds 10,000 vote margin over Hogan after early voting, which represents just 8.31 percent of the electorate.
8:56 p.m.: MT @amandacyeager In the Howard Co. executive race, Courtney Watson has a noticeable lead over Allan Kittleman in early votes, 55-44
8:54 p.m.: @iduncan: Not a surprise but early results give @MarilynMosbyEsq 94% of the votes in city state's attorney race.
8:38 p.m.: @lukebroadwater: .@Hogan4Governor with 51 percent of the early vote in Baltimore County -- Hogan needs a big win there, methinks
8:36 p.m.: @lukebroadwater: .@Hogan4Governor with 73 percent of the early vote in Harford County
8:31 p.m.: @kalanigordon: For those waiting on State Board results: An issue in Baltimore City, but should be soon.
8:01 p.m.: @kalanigordon: Note from Maryland State Board: Results for filed write-in candidates will not be posted today. Canvassing is manual, can take days to do.
7:51 p.m.: @kalanigordon: Maryland elections board expects to release numbers from early voting around 8:30. It may be sooner: elections.baltimoresun.com/results/
7:40 p.m.: @md_sbe: Polls close in 20 minutes! If you're in line at 8PM, you can vote.
Mitch McConnell wins re-election in Kentucky
Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday in their drive to control the U.S. Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and his Democrats .
Debra Becker, 67, is a Democrat who wishes for better candidates.
She said top talent often ends up in private sector jobs as CEOs because of the vast disparities in pay compared to public service.
The retired teacher lives in Leisure World in Silver Spring and said she voted for Anthony Brown for governor because "I think it's better than having Republican run the state. It's just very hard to get quality candidates."
— Jeff Barker
Alex Urban, a 23-year-old college student from Columbia, said he wasn't very engaged in the campaigns until the last week. That's when he started reading up on candidates.
Urban, an independent who voted at Phelps Luck Elementary School, said he split his vote between Democrats and Republicans. Democrat Anthony G. Brown earned Urban's vote for governor, while Republican Allan Kittleman got his support for Howard County executive.
Urban said it was difficult to choose between Kittleman and Democrat Courtney Watson. "I couldn't see a whole lot of difference between the candidates," he said.
— Pamela Wood
Inside the gymnasium of Hampden Elementary School on Chestnut Avenue, most of the voting booths were full in the late afternoon.
Voter Liz Femiano, 30, said this wasn't the most exciting election.
"I wasn't really enthused about any particular candidate," said Femiano, who teaches English and writing at local community colleges.
She said she took more interest in the ballot questions -- such as a charter amendment that would authorize the City Council to retain independent legal counsel, which she supported.
Femiano, a registered Democrat, cast her vote for Brown for governor because she opposes Hogan's positions on issues such as charter schools and fracking.
"I don't like a lot of Hogan stances," she said. "I wouldn't say I'm very pro-Brown. I'm anti-Hogan."
— Alison Knezevich
It might have been awkward: Arun Puracken spent Election Day outside Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, handing out campaign literature for Prince George’s County school board member Peggy Higgins.
Twenty-five feet away stood Lupi Grady – Higgins’ challenger.
Neither Puracken nor Grady would admit to any discomfort.
“The energy is good,” said Grady, making her first run for office. “People are able to get to know both candidates, and then make a choice. That’s democracy.”
“Mrs. Grady is very nice,” said Puracken, a social studies teacher at Accokeek Academy in Southern Maryland. “For some people, it might be awkward. Not for me.”
Of greater concern to Puracken was what seemed to him the low turnout. It was his fourth or fifth Election Day working the polls.
“People from Greenbelt are what I would consider more active voters, so it’s a little disappointing to see how few people have come,” he said. “If it’s a not a presidential election, you’re not going to see as much turnout. But if anything, these local elections are more relevant to people’s lives.”
As Puracken spoke, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III pulled up in a black SUV, stepped out, greeted voters and pulled on a blue Lupi Grady t-shirt.
Having spent the day touring the county’s polling places – and making a stop in the District of Columbia, where he is supporting District Council member Muriel Bowser for mayor – he said turnout had been light but steady.
Baker, a Democrat, said interest in the elections would likely have been greater if the race between gubernatorial candidates Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan had appeared closer earlier. He predicted an 8-point victory for his Brown, a fellow Democrat from Prince George’s County.
— Matthew Hay Brown
4:55 p.m.: @baltimoresun: Still have your "I Voted" sticker? Wear it to Mount Washington Tavern and you'll get a free drink. http://bsun.md/1E3L19x
4:45p.m.: @lukebroadwater: .@SpeakerBusch tells me he thinks either party could pick up or lose around four seats in the House of Delegates today
Young parents Andrew and Jennifer Olson, though, said they cast straight Democratic votes. Both are registered Democrats, though Andrew said he had been a Republican at one time.
"Fear of Hogan," responded Andrew, 29, when asked why he supported Brown. "I would rather pay more taxes," said the Home Depot worker, to ensure quality schools and "equity of services."
Jennifer, also 29, said she doesn't mind paying taxes as long as they're being spent wisely. She works in teacher development for Howard County schools.
While Hogan's attacks on storm-water management fees have resonated with many voters unhappy about taxes, Jennifer Olson said she has no problem with it. "The rainwater tax is the perfect way to pay for what it is doing," she said.
— Tim Wheeler
Clarence Haskett, a state highway worker and registered Democrat, said he agreed with Hogan that Maryland's taxes are too high, but stuck with Brown because he felt the GOP ticket lacked the experience to govern well.
But Haskett, 55, said it was a tough choice for him. "I was right in the middle of a seesaw," he said of his indecision.
Haskett's 24-year-old son, Cameron, followed his father's lead in voting for the first time.
— Tim Wheeler
“Arrghhh,” Kevin Carolina groaned. The subject was State Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr., whose indescribably odd books and videos about black holes and Chrisitan Kundalini Science prompted a spirited write-in campaign by a primary opponent, Del. Shawn Z. Tarrant.
“I hope people are educated on the issues here, and I hope they don’t just vote on a name,” said Carolina, 44, a drug abuse counselor.
Carolina, who lives in the Dolfield neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore, was waiting outside Gwynns Falls Elementary School for his friend, Herbert Stokes, 43, to vote before heading to his own polling place.
But the friends, who take classes together at Baltimore City Community College, are on opposite sides of the Conaway issue. Carolina wrote in Tarrant’s name, while Stokes voted for all the Conaways on the ballot — the delegate; his father, Conaway Sr., running for re-election as Clerk of Baltimore City Circuit Court, and his sister, Belinda K. Conaway, running for the post previously held by her stepmother, Mary W. Conaway.
“I think they do a good job,” Stokes said. “But I think they can also do better.”
— Jean Marbella
3:58 p.m.: @capgaznews Edgewater polling place evacuated after reports of smoke #aaelection2014: http://t.co/Ay6N8cg75Z
Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Gia Magliano, dressed as Thing One, campaigned for State Sen. Jim Brochin Tuesday afternoon in Cockeysville.
At Warren Elementary School, a conservative area, Shellenberger touted Brochin's criminal justice bonafides while Magliano reminded voters of his Dr. Seuss-themed commercials emphasizing Brochin's votes against tax increases.
The message worked with Republican Kathy Fader, 67, a retired pharmacist who voted for GOP candidates but broke party to vote for Brochin, a Democrat.
"I'm a Republican but he's my man," she said.
Other Republicans weren't persuaded. Lynne Rothermel, 53, a waste management supervisor, said she voted for the GOP down the ticket."If there wasn't a Republican in a race, I wrote-in my dog," she said.
— Luke Broadwater
Gino Edelin made sure to vote for Democratic candidates, including gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown, when he voted at the Glen Burnie Library Tuesday afternoon.
"My basic priority is voting Democratic," he said.
Edelin, a truck driver and freelance writer from Glen Burnie, said he is impressed by Brown's military service and the big-name Democrats who have supported him during the campaign, including President Barack Obama and possible 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton.
"He has good, solid Democratic people behind him," Edelin said.
— Pamela Wood
Jay Garrett had planned to take his mother to a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday morning, and then the two of them would go to their polling place to vote.
But Pansy Garrett, 91, who had been ailing of late, died on the morning of Election Day. Her son could think of no better tribute to her than to head to Gwynn Falls Elementary School and carry on the family civic tradition.
“She voted in every election until she missed the primary,” Garrett, 49, said after voting during the lunch hour. “I thought it would be the best thing to honor her.”
But like others at the school just west of Mondawmin Mall, he said he was turned off by the tone of the campaign for governor.
“It was almost six of one, half a dozen of the other,” said Garrett, who works in telecom at the Social Security Administration. “I didn’t like all the negative things. I didn’t hear a lot of here’s what we can do, but just: ‘Don’t vote for him because we don’t like him.’”
In the end, Garrett said he voted for Democrat Anthony Brown over Republican Larry Hogan.
“What swayed me was [Ken] Ulman,” Garrett said of Brown’s running mate for lieutenant governor. “He stayed out of the fray. Maybe that was intentional.
“I have nothing against Anthony Brown. I think he would make a competent governor,” Garrett said, “ and I hope he will be a competent governor.”
— Jean Marbella
2:27 p.m.: @LaurenLoricchio: Balto. Co had 15 percent turnout by noon, hoping for 30 percent by end of day, said Board of Elections Dir. Katie Brown
2:20 p.m.: Steady streams of voters made their way to Maryland polls Tuesday with 25,000 casting their ballots in Baltimore by 11 a.m.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot traveled to Hillcrest Elementary School around lunchtime.
He called Baltimore County a "bellwether" jurisdiction that will decide governor's race and other statewide contests.
"This is where it all going to be decided," Franchot said. "This county is definitely the powerhouse component in this race that can swing the final result. When you talk about where the election is going to be decided, it's Baltimore County."
Over an hour period, a steady stream of registered Democrats in Catonsville said they were voting for Hogan.
Michael O'Brien, 66, a retired truck driver, said he wouldn't consider voting for Brown because of his ties to Gov. O'Malley.
"I don't like O'Malley," he said of his reason for voting for Hogan.
Jack Wilson, 61, a construction supervisor, said Brown's campaign, which he perceived as dishonest, drove him away.
"I'm tired of what's coming out of Annapolis," he said. "It's all excuses and misleading statements."
Rick Martel, a Republican House of Delegates candidate talking with voters in Catonsville, said he hopes Hogan has coattails.
"These are the Democrats who voted for Bob Ehrlich and Ronald Reagan and they will vote for Larry Hogan," he said.
— Luke Broadwater
Defense attorney Russell Neverdon already had a high hurdle to clear to clear in his quest to become Baltimore State’s Attorney, after his cash-strapped campaign failed to garner enough signatures to get on the ballot as an independent candidate. But he says his supporters trying to write-in his name have also been encountering troubles at the polls today.
"People are saying that, as they have been trying to type in my name, when they press record, they have to do it over and over and over before it finally catches,” Neverdon said while shuttling between polling locations. He said that at at least three other locations, seniors were told they needed to produce a form to write in a candidate.
Neverdon said the problems were reported at polling locations in Ashburton, Charles Village, Loch Raven and that his campaign had notified the city’s Board of Elections director Armstead Jones. Another supporter whose ballot “timed out” called election officials in Annapolis to complain.
Neverdon said that despite the long odds, he believes his campaign has connected with voters and said the Democratic nominee, Marilyn Mosby, brushed him off after securing victory in the primary. Mosby said in an interview on WEAA on Monday that while she debated Neverdon during the primary, she turned her focus to the voters for the general election. “We’ve been there, done that,” she told Marc Steiner.
“We’ve run an incredible campaign with limited resources,” Neverdon said. “We’re already victorious because we’ve done so much with so little.”
— Justin Fenton
Daniel and Linda Quinn of Edgewood, 63 and 62, both voted for Hogan. While they wouldn't give a party affiliation, they said the voted straight Republican as they usually do. Daniel Quinn, a school custodian, said he doesn't like Brown because "he's like O'Malley, always ripping people off."
"They want to hit us with the snow tax and the rain tax," he said.
Linda Quinn, who is retired, poked fun at Brown's warning that Hogan would take Maryland backwards.
"I hope he takes us back when everything was cheaper," she said.
— Michael Dresser
In contrast to 2012, when the lines snaked up one hallway and down the next for most of election day, voters at Eutaw-Mashburn Elementary School in Madison Park were few and far between late Tuesday morning, leaving election officials plenty of time to offer friendly hellos and give instructions. As if in keeping with the calm of the scene, voters seemed less driven by any single impulse or race than by broader impulses – to do their civic duty, to support the poor, to vote the bums out.
Robert Hradek, 44, a bicycle courier and college student, wouldn’t think of not showing up at the polls. "I feel that if you want to be a U.S. citizen, you need to vote," he said. Recalling his general dislike of Ehrlich administration policies, Hradek said that even though Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown might not be the ideal candidate for governor, at least he isn't a Republican. "He might not be as good as O'Malley, but still," said Hradek, a registered Democrat, who had his 11-year-old daughter, Chloe, in tow.
Enoch Flood, a 55-year-old unemployed artist, had similar feelings about Republicans, politicians he said represent "haves" who are too unwilling to share their bounty with the have-nots. Republicans "just block everything President Obama wants to do, and they don't even have compassion. Who's looking out for the poor?" said Flood, a Democrat who voted a straight Democrat ticket, as he said he usually does.
Russ Mason, a gas-fitting contractor and a Democrat, had a similarly broad view but came to a starkly different conclusion. He's had enough of the O'Malley administration and its high taxes and expected more of the same should Brown get elected governor. The 65-year-old voted for Republican Larry Hogan and every other non-incumbent — "there might be a judge or two I screwed up on, but that's it," he said — if only to vent his anger at politics as usual in the state. "They all need a vacation — a permanent one," he said.
— Jonathan Pitts
Travis and Heather Laird arrived at Stoneleigh Elementary School Tuesday morning to cast their ballots for the Democratic ticket, including Anthony Brown for governor. The Towson-area couple work in the Baltimore County public school system and agreed that the Democrats have been strong supporters of education funding.
"I voted for Brown and Ulman. I voted basically a straight Democratic ticket," said Travis Laird, who turned 45 on Tuesday. "I like what they've done with the schools. I think that's very important. Even though I'm not too great on the taxes part, I understand that. But I also know that education is the number one issue for me. So because they've put a lot into the schools and I like the progressive agenda they have in Maryland -- that's why I voted the Democratic ticket."
— Doug Donovan
Terry Lierman is no stranger to politics in this state, having served as Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party from 2004 to 2007, and then as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s chief of staff until 2011. But this Election Day is different for Lierman, whose daughter, Brooke Lierman, is seeking elected office for the first time.
Outside William Paca Elementary School in Southeast Baltimore, Terry Lierman handed out campaign literature touting Team 46 – a group comprised of Brooke Lierman, Luke Clippinger and Peter Hammen, all Democratic delegate candidates for Maryland’s 46th district, and Bill Ferguson, a state senator. All but Lierman’s daughter are incumbents, though Brooke was the top vote-getter in the District 46 primary.
“Brooke knocked on 14,731 doors herself,” Terry Lierman said. “The rest of the team knocked on a little over 16,000. And I probably knocked every day for at least three weeks, and then in early voting I was there every day. I’m here all day today. It’s really a great team. They complement each other really well in terms of what their priorities are, what their abilities are and what they stand for. I've been around politics in Maryland a long time, but I think it’s one of the better delegations that I've worked with.”
Lierman is optimistic about the Democrats’ chances tonight, though he acknowledged that the gubernatorial race “seems like it’s gotten tighter.” Lierman attributed that to “a lot of voter dissatisfaction with politics in general,” particularly with Congress.
"At the state level, we've had eight tremendous years of success,” he said, “and at some point in time, I think people just start saying, ‘Well, I’ll continue to vote but not with the enthusiasm that I had before.’ … [But] I think there will be a lot of celebrating [for Democrats] statewide. The ticket’s strong and there’s a lot of interest in it."
— Matt Bracken