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District 12 to remain Democratic

In the newly drawn District 12, voters in Baltimore and Howard counties chose three Democrats — Eric Ebersole, Clarence Lam and Terri Hill — to replace longtime Dels. Steve DeBoy, James Malone and Liz Bobo.

The district includes portions of Catonsville, Arbutus, Lansdowne and Howard County.

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Ebersole garnered 18.92 percent of the vote with Lam receiving 18.21 percent and Hill winning 18.85 percent of the vote.

"I'm very excited that the people of the district have given us support and I'm committed to going to Annapolis to do a good for job for the families and businesses of those in our district," Hill said when Democrats called the race just after midnight.

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The three turned back a challenge from three Baltimore County Republicans — Gordon Bull, Joseph Hooe and Rick Martel.

Hooe earned the greatest support from voters with 15.94 percent.

Earlier in the night, the Republicans felt they had a chance to join the wave of Republican candidates who were winning seats on the Baltimore County Council as well as the race for governor.

But as the evening wore on, their confidence waned.

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"I've taken a look at the totals and it's just not going to happen us this time…I'm really disappointed with what redistricting has done to District 12," Bull said. "As it stands, [former Howard Count District]12B has taken the voice away that [predominantly Baltimore County District] 12a once had...Our citizens will be at the mercy of Columbia politicians."

Longtime District 12 incumbent state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer retained his seat against Republican challenger Jesse Pippy, a 32-year-old Catonsville business manager, with 58.51 percent of the vote, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections results.

However,  Pippy earned more Baltimore County votes with 7,902 to Kasemeyer's 7,163.

"I consider myself fortunate," Kasemeyer said.

"I'm thankful what I did to survive was enough — it was a difficult election year for the Democrats," Kasemeyer said.

In 2010, Kasemeyer faced Catonsville attorney Rick Martel in a close race, that Kasemeyer won with 50.3 percent of the vote compared to Martel's 49.6 percent of the vote.

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