Marylanders set midterm record with more than 2.1 million ballots cast

More people voted in Maryland’s midterm election this year than ever before.

With more than 2.1 million ballots cast, the total number of votes cast this year surpassed 2010’s midterm record of nearly 1.9 million voters. That doesn’t mean it’s a record turnout by percentage of registered voters — only that the state’s growing population and voting base continues to increase.

Preliminary turnout numbers from early voting and Election Day indicate 54.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots this election — which is better turnout than in 2014 or 2010, but not as good as 2006 when 57.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

The increased voting base means that both Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous posted historically large numbers of votes.

With about 1.2 million ballots cast in his favor, Hogan got the most votes ever by any Maryland governor, eclipsing Martin O’Malley’s record from eight years ago.

Also impressive: In a losing effort, Jealous garnered more than 900,000 votes — slightly more than Hogan got during his first win and about 100,000 more than the last Democratic nominee for governor, Anthony Brown, got four years ago.

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