Despite a few close races by challengers, incumbent state legislators from Anne Arundel County keep their jobs.
The takeaway from the Anne Arundel County house and senate races was clear: Incumbents were safe.
Out of 36 candidates and several contested seats in the delegation, all were voted back into office.
Election results changed the status quo among Republicans and Democrats. In the county's house delegation, Democrats now have an 8-7 majority; the Senate delegation will have a 3-2 Democratic majority.
While some of the names, bodies and district maps have changed, the ratio of Republicans and Democrats representing the county in the legislature has remained the same.
In other parts of the state, house and senate seats were impacted by a surge of GOP wins. Depending on their side of the aisle, watchers either saw those results as a call for change or a call to arms.
He teared up as he thanked all of his supporters at the Ferndale Fire Hall. He received 18.5 percent of the vote, joining Democratic Dels. Pam Beidle and Ted Sophocleus.
"Our team worked hard," Sophocleus said. "We did everything possible to let the people know."
Republicans welcomed newcomers, too. The newly formed District 31B, which covers Pasadena and parts of Glen Burnie, Millersville and Severna Park, made way for Meagan Simonaire, the 24-year-old daughter of state Sen. Bryan Simonaire.
Meagan Simonaire, a Pasadena cosmetologist, was running for the first time. House Minority Leader Nic Kipke, who was elected into office in 2010, will serve his second term.
"I'm excited to be a part of a movement to make life a little easier for the people of Maryland," he said.
In District 33, which covers Severna Park and other areas, Dels. Cathy Vitale and Tony McConkey, both Republican incumbents, retained their seats, adding a third Republican to their district in Sid Saab.
"I'm ecstatic," said Saab, a Crownsville resident. "It's almost like we got a second chance in Maryland."
In other house races where there wasn't an incumbent, Seth Howard, a Republican from West River, beat Mitchelle Stephenson, D-Edgewater, with 63.5 percent; Ned Carey, a Democrat, won with 52 percent over Terry Lynn DeGraw, a Republican, who had 47.9 percent.
State senators Jim Rosapepe, John Astle, Bryan Simonaire, Ed DeGrange and Ed Reilly all retained their seats.
Astle, D-Annapolis, who barely beat Republican neophyte Don Quinn with 51.1 percent, said residents appear to be unhappy about taxes. It's a rallying cry being heard around the country as well, he said.
But Astle said he's won in other strong GOP years, such as 1994, 2002 and 2010, and isn't flinching.
"I'm a survivor," he said.
At the Governor Calvert House on State Circle, where Democrats gathered to watch election results Tuesday night, Busch and Astle described the party as taking on the mood of an Irish wake, with people sticking around a little longer to drink.