Voters across Maryland will cast ballots for president, Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday. Here are some things to keep an eye on. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Voters across Maryland will cast ballots for president, Senate and House of Representatives today. In Baltimore, voters will elect a mayor, comptroller and 15 City Council members. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Here are some things to keep an eye on:
Battleground states: Watch results in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. The polarizing presidential contest between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump likely will be decided in these states. Control of the Senate also likely rests on what happens in those states, plus Indiana, North Carolina and Missouri.
Congress: With Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski retiring, will Maryland send an all-male delegation to Washington for the first time in 45 years? Two contests are likely to decide. Republican state Del. Kathy Szeliga faces Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the race for Mikulski's seat. Republican Amie Hoeber is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. John Delaney in the 6th Congressional District, which stretches from Montgomery County through Western Maryland.
Baltimore mayor: Former Mayor Sheila Dixon narrowly lost the Democratic primary to state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh but is waging a write-in campaign. Key to Dixon's showing may be turnout in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in East and West Baltimore, where large numbers of voters supported her in April. Republican Alan Walden and Green Party candidate Joshua Harris join Pugh on the ballot.
City Council: A Democrat has won every election for a Baltimore City Council seat since 1942. But Republicans see an opportunity in Southeast Baltimore's 1st District, where voters picked Republican Gov. Larry Hogan over Democrat Anthony G. Brown two years ago. Republican Matthew McDaniel has waged a spirited campaign for the open council seat against Democrat Zeke Cohen.
Poll problems: Have Baltimore election officials solved problems at the polls? The city's primary election was marred by irregularities, prompting state officials to order the results be decertified. A subsequent review didn't change the outcome of any race. City elections officials say the problems stemmed from election judges who didn't show up. They say they're better prepared now, having trained more than 3,000 judges to work today.