2018 general election in Maryland

Three Baltimore prosecutors elected as state's attorneys in suburban counties

Three veterans from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office were elected Tuesday as top prosecutors in Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties.

Victorious executive candidates get to work in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties

The Baltimore region's three new county executives began transitioning from campaign mode to governing mode on Wednesday, one day after scoring strong Democratic victories in the suburbs.

'This is the way all political races should end': In Howard County, Ball, Kittleman embrace on election night

Two candidates in the Howard County Executive race put aside politics Tuesday night and engaged in a rare embrace after a winner had been called.

Federal judges say Maryland's 6th congressional district is unconstitutional; map must be redrawn for 2020

A three-judge federal court panel has ruled Maryland drew the boundary lines for the 6th congressional district in an unconstitutional way to benefit Democrats. The court banned the state from using those boundaries in the future. Attorney General Brian Frosh is reviewing whether to appeal.

Maryland Gov. Hogan lays out second-term agenda: Tax cuts, school accountability, non-partisan redistricting

The day after becoming just the second Republican to be re-elected governor in Maryland history, Larry Hogan pledged to continue governing the blue state as a centrist as he laid out some of his second-term agenda.

No coattails: Maryland voters backed Republican Gov. Hogan, but also showed their disdain for Trump

Gov. Larry Hogan cruised to a second term Tuesday night, but failed to take others from his party along for the ride. Voters said they voted against most Republicans — other than Hogan — out of their disdain for President Donald Trump.

Maryland governor precinct-by-precinct: Where Hogan and Jealous got their votes

See how your neighborhood voted with this detailed map, which shows ballots cast for governor on Election Day by voting precinct.

Election 2018: Who won, who lost, and how'd the power shift in Maryland and nationwide?

Elections were held across Maryland and the country on Tuesday — returning some politicians to office, replacing others, and shifting political power dynamics in several ways.

Results in Baltimore County's District 42 races indicate a split electorate

The winners in races for a total of four District 42 House, Senate seats in Towson to northern Baltimore County, equally represent Republican and Democrat parties.

Lansdowne High, superintendent search key issues for new school board member for Catonsville, Arbutus

Lansdowne High, superintendent search will be key issues for Lisa Mack, newly elected District 1 school board member for Catonsville, Arbutus.

Marylanders set midterm record with more than 2.1 million ballots cast

More than 2.1 million Marylanders voted in this year's election, surpassing 2010’s midterm record of nearly 1.9 million.

Hogan 'can surf' and four other takeaways from Maryland's 2018 election

As Gov. Larry Hogan cruised to an easy and historic victory Tuesday, the political landscape in Maryland shifted in some key areas. Here are some takeaways from the election.

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Washington in battle mode as Trump vows retaliation against Democratic probes

President Trump reveled in his party's Senate victories and mocked members of his own party who lost after not seeking his support.

Maryland Gov. Hogan won re-election. Now what?

Gov. Larry Hogan's win in his race for re-election leaves lots of questions: How will he govern in a second term? And what do Democrats do now?

Maryland congressmen Hoyer, Cummings could play key roles in new Democratic House

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer will seek majority leader spot — not speaker, sources say. Elijah Cummings, who won his 13th term, was expected to become chairman of Oversight and Government Reform

5 key takeaways in Anne Arundel County after Tuesday's election

After Tuesday’s election, the GOP-led Anne Arundel County will flip over to Democratic rule in nearly every elected office.

Anne Arundel County Executive-elect Steuart Pittman: 'We are going to get moving quickly'

Incoming Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has chosen his transition team co-chairs with former county executive Janet Owens and former councilman Chris Trumbauer.

Democrats sweep into executive seats in key suburbs: Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties

Democrats won county executive seats in Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel, unseating two Republican incumbents and reversing the red tide that swept the Baltimore suburbs four years ago.

Harford counts absentee ballots with newly named acting elections director in charge

Cynthia Allred, the acting director of the Harford County Board of Elections, took the lead Thursday as the first canvass of absentee ballots got underway.

Jealous didn't so much lose Md. gubernatorial race as Hogan won it

Now that Republican Larry Hogan has bested Democratic challenger Ben Jealous to win a second term as governor of Maryland the blame game and airing of electoral grievances on the losing side can officially begin. But Mr. Jealous didn’t lose this race nearly as much as Mr. Hogan won it.

Maryland Republicans fall short of hoped-for gains in Senate, lose seats in House

The Maryland Republican Party was seeking to ride Gov. Larry Hogan's coattails to curb Democrats' power in General Assembly. Their effort failed.

Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. wins Baltimore County executive race, defeating Al Redmer Jr.

Dundalk Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. will be Baltimore County's next county executive after besting Republican Al Redmer Jr. in Tuesday's election.

Democrat Ball defeats incumbent Howard County executive Kittleman

As of, 10:30pm with 50 out of 118 percents reporting, Ball had 44,569 votes while Kittleman had 38,476.

Will Howard's executive Calvin Ball put the brakes on Ellicott City flood control plan, shift other priorities?

The Democrat voted against funding Howard's five-year flood mitigation plan and committed to increasing school funding.

Pittman pulls off upset, beats Schuh for Anne Arundel executive

Massive voter turnout delayed results across the state. Democrat Steuart Pittman lead incumbent Steve Schuh. Final results posted online.

20 best photos from Maryland's 2018 General Election

A collection of the best photos from the Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun Media Group staffs from the 2018 General Election in Maryland.

Casino 'lockbox' for Maryland school funding and Election Day voter registration win approval

Marylanders decided on a pair of amendments to the state’s constitution: One requires casino revenues to be added to school budgets and the other opens the way for people to sign up to vote on Election Day.

Five unconventional takeaways on media campaigns from Hogan's big win

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s impressive win over challenger Ben Jealous Tuesday offers some strong insights into the use of media that directly challenge what was starting to feel like post-2016 conventional wisdom.

Five voter sentiments gleaned from Maryland's midterm election

Here are five voter sentiments we learned from Tuesday’s midterm election in which Gov. Larry Hogan became the first Republican governor to win re-election in Maryland since the 1950s, despite widespread antipathy towards President Donald Trump.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan re-elected, soundly defeating Ben Jealous

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appeared to win a second term Tuesday, lifted by Democrats who crossed party lines to vote for his centrist approach to governing despite their anger over President Donald Trump.

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Democrats seize House control, but President Trump's GOP holds Senate

Democrats seized the House majority from Trump's Republican Party in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda.

Five takeaways from Carroll County’s 2018 midterm election results

Maria Oesterreicher makes history, voters flip the Board of Education, and are charter government and opioid legislation on tap for the next Board of County Commissioners?

Blue wave staves off Republican effort to flip key state Senate seats in Anne Arundel

With a majority of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Republican hopes to flip two Anne Arundel County districts and narrow the veto-proof Democratic majority in the Maryland state senate evaporated.

Carroll County voters choose incumbent Republicans for Maryland General Assembly

Voters resoundingly elected incumbent Republican lawmakers in the three legislative districts that touch Carroll County (Districts 4, 5 and 9). In District 5 — which covers most of Carrol — Republican Sen. Justin Ready, and Delegates Susan Krebs, Haven Shoemaker and April Rose cruised to victory.

A mixed midterm verdict as Democrats retake the House, setting up divided government

Republicans have retained Senate control for two more years, shattering Democrats' dreams of an anti-Trump wave sweeping them into the majority.

All three Anne Arundel County questions poised to pass

Results on the three ballot questions for Anne Arundel County.

Democrat Brian Frosh, who has fought Trump policies, wins re-election as Maryland attorney general

Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh won a second term in office after emerging as one of the nation's chief antagonists of the Trump administration.

Baltimore voters back independent inspector general, $160 million in bonds, other ballot questions

Baltimore voters approved the creation of an independent inspector general's office to investigate waste and corruption, one of several tweaks to how the city is run that were backed at the polls.

Harford votes for Hogan, Harris, other Republicans

Harford County again went big for Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday and voted for many, but not all, Republicans on the statewide ballot.

Howard's turnout mirrors past midterm elections, steady stream of voters

Steady voting has been reported throughout the day in Howard County. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Democrat David Trone wins Maryland's open U.S. House seat in state's most expensive race

Democrat David Trone, who spent more than $15 million in Maryland’s most expensive congressional race, captures the 6th District seat two years after being defeated in a neighboring district. Trone was vying against former Reagan administration official Amie Hoeber.

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin wins re-election, prevails over Republican Tony Campbell, independent Neal Simon

Sen. Ben Cardin, the Maryland Democrat who has held elected office for more than 50 years, won his third term Tuesday in a three-way race.

Baltimore County voters approve school spending, charter changes in ballot questions

Baltimore County voters faced ballot questions Tuesday the way county government operates on Tuesday and also backed spending initiatives totaling more than $490 million — all part of a package of questions on the general election ballot.

Bevins prevails, party balance of power on Baltimore County Council stays in Democrats' hands

Democrats will hold on to their slim majority on the Baltimore County Council after all of the incumbents retained their seats in Tuesday’s general election.

Baltimore County voters elect school board members for first time

Baltimore County voters made history Tuesday by casting ballots for their first elected school boards. Seven elected members in December will join four members appointed by the governor and a student member to convene the county's first-ever elected board.

Maryland Board of Elections delays results until all finish voting — two hours after polls meant to close

The Maryland State Board of Elections did not plan to release results until all voters had cast ballots and polling stations across the state officially close. At about 9:20 p.m., some voters who were in line at polling stations at 8 p.m. still needed to vote.

Harford votes for Glassman, Gahler, Vincenti, Peisinger

Republicans swept all the key races in Harford County Tuesday, winning the county executive, county council president, the county council, the sheriff and state’s attorney’s races.

Democrats maintain control of Howard County Council

Four Democrats will sit on the council and one Republican will represent the Western portion of the county.

Four newcomers join the ranks of the Howard County school board

Two front-runners from the June primary were among the winners for four open seats on the eight-member Howard County Board of Education, according to unofficial results from the State Board of Elections as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Election Day 2018 in Maryland: District 12 stays in Democratic hands

District 12 Democrat State Del. Clarence Lam handily won his bid to replace the retiring Democrat Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer on Election Day. The district represents constituents in both Howard and Baltimore counties.

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Colt Leitess takes back state's attorney's office in Anne Arundel

Democrat Anne Colt Leitess is Anne Arundel’s state’s attorney once again. Republican incumbent Wes Adams conceded about 11 p.m. Tuesday at his joint election party with County Executive Steve Schuh, who also lost his race.

Valentino-Smith earns District 23A reelection with 74.8 percent of vote

The most contested race in Bowie was for the District 23A seat in the House of Delegates.

Incumbents ousted in Anne Arundel's first school board race

Candace Antwine, Melissa Ellis, Dana Schallheim and Michelle Corkadel won their districts in Anne Arundel County’s first school board race.

Frazier, Bouchat win contested Carroll County Board of Commissioners races; will join Wantz, Weaver, Rothstein

Commissioner Dennis Frazier won District 3, Republican Christopher “Eric” Bouchat won District 4, incumbent Commissioners Stephen Wantz, R-District 1 and Richard Weaver, R-District 2 are re-elected, and uncontested Republican Ed Rothstein won District 5 for Carroll County Board of Commissioners.

Patricia Dorsey, Tara Battaglia, Ken Kiler take Carroll County school board seats, oust current Board of Education president Bob Lord

Patricia Dorsey, Tara Battaglia and Kenneth Kiler won the three seats on the Carroll County Board of Education, ousting incumbent and current school board President Bob Lord.

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Inside an election night newsroom

As results start to come in from polling places across Maryland and across the country, Dan Rodricks spends a few minutes with Sun reporters and editors covering the 2018 midterm elections.

Election Day 2018: Live coverage from Maryland polls

See coverage from The Baltimore Sun Media Group from polling places, campaigns and results from the 2018 election.

Maryland voters weather steady rain, ballot problems on Election Day to exercise civic enthusiasm

Other locales might have drawn more star power in recent days — from President Donald Trump jetting to 11 rallies in six days to Oprah seemingly taking up residence in Georgia — but Maryland voters descended on their polling places on Tuesday with a determined intensity of their own.

How to watch Maryland's election results

Trying to figure out if a blue wave is sweeping Maryland or if Gov. Hogan has a red tide of his own? Here's how to watch the results.

Ishak elected; Adkins-Tobin unseats sitting Judge Kreis

Diane Adkins-Tobin did what no one has been able to do since 1954 — unseat a sitting judge. Not only did the deputy state’s attorney for Harford County defeat one of the two incumbent Harford County Circuit Court judges, she received more votes than either one of them.

Howard sheriff loses bid for full term

Results from races for Howard County sheriff and state's attorney

Maria Oesterreicher becomes Carroll County's first female Circuit Court judge

Maria Oesterreicher has made history, becoming the first female Circuit Court Judge in Carroll County history, defeating sitting Judge Richard Titus.

Just catching up to today's election in Maryland? Get filled in now on who's running and what's at stake

The candidates, the issues and everything else you need to know if you are just now catching up to the fact that there's an election on Tuesday. Even with the polls open, you still have time to get up to speed before they close at 8 p.m.

Did you vote in Maryland's election? Why or why not?

Did you vote in Maryland's election? Why or why not? We want to hear from you.

Voter Guide: Meet the candidates in Maryland's 2018 General Elections

Marylanders will vote in 2018 for governor, attorney general, U.S. Senator, all 8 seats in the House of Representatives and all 188 General Assembly seats.

Photos: 2018 General Election Day in Maryland

Scenes from Election Day 2018 in Maryland.

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Maryland votes: Here's what to expect at your polling place on Election Day

Maryland votes: Here's what to expect Tuesday on Election Day at your polling place. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous are at the top of their parties' tickets, along with races for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state attorney general and the General Assembly.

Stressed out about the midterm elections? This might help.

With anxieties high among voters, regardless of political affiliation, many are likely to feel on edge as results come in this Election Day evening. To help tamp down some of that angst, we've compiled some things — strictly positive — to read and admire.

Election Day weather in Maryland: Rain forecast through the afternoon, severe storms possible on Eastern Shore

Rain showers and a line of early afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast for Maryland on Election Day. Periods of rain are likely through Monday and into Tuesday morning. A cold front is expected to cross the region midday Tuesday, bringing a chance for severe weather.

Free cookies, fries and ride-share discounts for Maryland voters on Election Day

At Baltimore-area restaurants and bars, customers wearing an "I Voted" sticker receive special discounts on Election Day.

Did you vote in Maryland's election? Here's what readers said motivated them.

Readers respond on why they voted in Maryland's election.

Time to vote: Politicians, nonprofits urge Marylanders to get to the polls no matter the weather

With thunderstorms in the forecast, political and nonpartisan operations alike are in overdrive to get hundreds of thousands of Marylanders voters to the polls on Election Day. And political campaigns for races large and small aren’t resting until they crash Tuesday night.

Back at Chestnut Ridge, Jill Kamenetz votes for 'the smartest guy I ever knew'

Remembering Kevin Kamenetz on Election Day: "This was supposed to be his day," his widow says.

On the ballot statewide: Should Maryland allow people to register on Election Day?

Amid a national debate on access to the franchise, voters in Maryland will decide next month whether to allow same-day registration on Election Day for future elections. Del. Kirill Reznik has been pushing the idea for about a decade. He sees "it as part of a national conversation."

Need a ride to the polls? An Election Day lunch? Here's how Maryland groups hope to get out the vote.

What are Baltimore organizations and individuals doing to help get voters to the polls between early voting and Election Day? The initiatives range from driving voters to polling places to catering hot meals at registration sites and block parties.

A primer on Baltimore County's ballot questions

When Baltimore County voters go to the polls this fall, they’ll face 15 ballot questions, on top of the two statewide questions. Here’s a breakdown of the county’s ballot questions.

A guide to Baltimore City ballot questions for 2018

Baltimore voters get to decide at the polls whether to create an independent watchdog's office to ferret out misconduct by city officials, one of several questions on the ballot this year. If a majority approves, the inspector general’s office would come out from under the mayor’s office.

Fact-checking some claims made on the campaign trail in Baltimore County

During the campaign for Baltimore County executive, candidates Al Redmer Jr. and Johnny Olszewski Jr. have repeated several assertions about how the county government operates. Not all of them are entirely true.

All the spin that's fit to print: Maryland election is a boon for these small businesses

There are 600 printers in Maryland that employ some 16,000 people and their peak season is right now — at least for the shops that turn out campaign material for the Nov. 6 election.

Maryland GOP wages 'Fight for Five' campaign to end Democrats' supermajority in state Senate

While Marylanders focus on the race for governor, political insiders have their eyes on an effort that could remake how governance works in the state. There's a Republican “Drive for Five” campaign to flip five seats in the state Senate. That would break the Democrats' supermajority.

Fight Trump or Baltimore's violence? Question is at heart of Maryland attorney general's race

Attorney General Brian Frosh has emerged as the Maryland Democratic party’s chief opponent to President Donald Trump. But to Republican challenger Craig Wolf, Frosh’s focus on Washington has let down Maryland residents. Frosh says when he's protecting Marylanders, "it's right to jump in."

Steuart Pittman: Farmer to politician, Democrat hopes to change direction of Anne Arundel County

Steuart Pittman’s path to politics is atypical. He's never run a political campaign and he’s never held an elected position. But he doesn’t care.

Larry Hogan: Pragmatic Republican wants four more years as Maryland's governor, but critics call for change

For nearly four years, Gov. Larry Hogan has done something almost unthinkable for a Republican in Maryland: maintain sky-high job approval ratings. Hogan consistently polls as one of the most popular governors in the country. Hogan, 62, has achieved popularity through a blend of factors.

Ben Jealous: Democrat has ambitious plans for Maryland as he runs for governor, but some fault cost

Democratic nominee Ben Jealous has released more than a dozen detailed proposals in his quest to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan: Medicare for all. Free college tuition. Universal prekindergarten. Ending what Jealous calls mass incarceration. Cutting the state sales tax.

Redmer touts fiscal sense, experience in bid to become first Republican Baltimore County executive in 24 years

Baltimore County executive Al Redmer Jr., a Republican, grew up in Perry Hall and has lived in the community much of his life. He was elected four times to the House of Delegates, has worked in private industry and is Maryland's Insurance Commissioner.

Democrat Olszewski says he has passion, skills to carry out his many plans for Baltimore County

Baltimore County executive candidate and Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. describes himself as a “public school kid” who was the first in his family to go to college. He obtained a doctoral degree, taught in public schools and is raising a family in his hometown.

In Maryland's 8 U.S. House races, one flips the script as Democrat Jesse Colvin challenges GOP Rep. Andy Harris

A high-energy race flips the script in Maryland’s 1st congressional district. The 1st District is among the liveliest – and most unusual — of Maryland’s eight congressional district races. Seven of the incumbents are seeking re-election. There's an open seat in the 6th District.

Will Howard County go red or blue? Voters see spirited campaign for county executive

Maryland's Howard County — a swing jurisdiction that’s had two Democrats and two Republicans as county executives since 1990 — often mirrors the sentiment of the state as a whole, and political observers are watching the Allan Kittleman-Calvin Ball race for signs of trends.

Steve Schuh: Republican wants a second term to make Anne Arundel the greatest economic engine

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh comes off as an unassuming politician hellbent on slowing the growth of government. But by night he is an aggressive politician who attacks his opponents and drives race cars.