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Joe Biden wins Maryland presidential race, but how did Trump fare compared with 2016?

Democrat Joe Biden won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes as expected Tuesday. The state has not voted Republican in a presidential election in 32 years.

The election provided a referendum of sorts on state Republicans' views of President Donald Trump after one term in office.

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In 2016, Trump collected 943,169 votes in Maryland, amounting to 33.9%. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton got 1.7 million — 60.3% — in the state, in which Democrats have an overwhelming voter registration advantage.

On Tuesday, Trump’s percentage was nearly the same as four years ago with about one-third of the ballots remaining to be counted.

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Maryland has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, when the state went for Republican George H.W. Bush over Michael Dukakis.

Maryland President

Maryland: President
Candidate
votes
Joe Biden (Dem)
1,985,023
65.8%
Donald Trump (GOP)
Incumbent
976,414
32.4%
Jo Jorgensen (Lib)
33,488
1.1%
Howie Hawkins (Grn)
15,799
0.52%
Jerome Segal (BdR)
5,884
0.2%
100% of vote

Maryland Democrats often win statewide by rolling up huge margins in Baltimore and the large Washington suburbs of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. Two-term Republican Gov. Larry Hogan won partly by peeling off votes in Democratic strongholds or because Democrats did not turn out to vote.

But large swaths of the state are reliably Republican.

For example, Trump, who had not previously run for public office, won a number of Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland counties four years ago by large margins. Those included Queen Anne’s (64.1%), Worcester (60.9%), St. Mary’s (57.5 %) and Dorchester (55.3%).

In Tuesday’s results, the president was drawing about the same percentage of the vote in those counties as in 2016.

Four years ago, Trump also won big in the Republican-oriented Western Maryland counties, collecting 76.9% in Garrett, 69.4% in Allegany and 62.1% in Washington.

Those Trump numbers were holding as well.

As expected, Trump was losing big in Democratic-dominated Baltimore.

Some Baltimore-area voters said Tuesday that they were at least as strongly anti-Trump as they were pro-Biden.

Carol Tucker-Blackman, 64, who works in food and nutrition for Baltimore City Public Schools, said the presidential race brought her to the polls at Mount Pleasant Church.

“I want to get Trump out of office,” said Tucker-Blackman, of East Baltimore. “That fool is crazy. ... He don’t have respect for people. No respect at all.”

In June, Trump won Maryland’s primary election with 87.3%.

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But former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld — who had months earlier ended his bid to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination — managed to accumulate double-digit percentages of Republican votes in some counties.

Weld topped 20% in such suburban counties as Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s. The last two are Maryland’s most populous counties.

Those figures were higher than most presidential primary challengers receive historically, leaving pundits to wonder whether the president’s GOP support might be slipping.

Hogan has not been a Trump supporter, though he didn’t vote for Biden either. The governor said he planned to write in the name of Ronald Reagan, a former Republican president who died in 2004.

Last year, Hogan flirted with challenging Trump in the 2020 primaries. The governor decided against it, saying he was focused on his second term in Annapolis and on leading the National Governors Association as its chair, a position whose term ended in early August.

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