Category Archives: 2018 Elections

County Legislative Roundup

So I can’t add and have had to take down the previous post on the county legislative results. Here are the corrected numbers. Thanks to the readers who caught the error and also reminded me that Prince George’s has added two at-large seats to the county council in this election cycle.

The Democratic pickup of six seats along with their gain of the two new at-large seats in Prince George’s brings their new total to 69, which leaves them 6 seats behind the Republicans once you include the seats not up for election this year in Baltimore City and Cecil County.

The shifts give Democrats new majorities in the Anne Arundel and Dorchester County Councils.


Two More Dem Delegate Pickups

Looks like I missed yet two more pickups by the Democrats in the House of Delegates that weren’t even on the map.

In Baltimore County District 42A, Democrat Michelle Guyton looks set to take the second of two delegate seats. She leads Tim Robinson by 306 votes. Meanwhile, in single-member Frederick County District 3B, Democrat Ken Kerr leads incumbent Republican Del. Bill Folden by 552 votes.

That brings the total number of Democratic pickups to 7 seats.


Upset in Howard District 9 Looks to Reduce Dem Senate Loss to Just 1 Seat

In my earlier count, I missed a surprise Democratic Senate pickup.

Democrats lost Districts 38 and 42 for the Senate. But they look to have pulled an upset in Howard/Carroll District 8 where Sen. Gail Bates narrowly trails Katie Fry Hester. Right now, Hester leads Bates by 154 votes, or 0.2%.

In District 9, absentee ballots have thus far been received from 1082 Democrats, 693 Republicans, and 348 unaffiliated and minor party registrants. These numbers don’t bode well for Bates. While Democrats compose 39% of active registered voters, they comprise 51% of received absentees.

Yet more evidence that Larry Hogan had no coattails.


Dems Take Control of Two County Councils

In 2014, Democrats won 46 seats and Republicans 79 among the 23 counties holding elections for their counties and commissions. After tonight’s election, Democrats gained 5 seats to bring their total to 51 seats and drop Republicans to 74 seats.

In Anne Arundel and Dorchester, Democrats gained one seat apiece to take control of these county legislatures. Democrats also gained one seat apiece in Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester.

Democrats retained all the seats in Charles, Montgomery and Prince George’s. Republicans did the same in Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Garrett, Harford, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s and Washington Counties.

Right now, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the legislatures of 9 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. These include most of the largest including Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Charles Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s.


Major Upsets Confirmed in County Exec Races in Anne Arundel and Howard

In Anne Arundel with just two precincts left to be counted, incumbent Rep. County Exec. Steve Schuh is going down to Stuart Pittman, who leads Schuh by 51.8% to 48.1%.

Similarly, in Howard, Democrat Calvin Ball is defeating incumbent Rep. County Exec. Allen Kittleman by 52.3% to 47.6% with all precincts counted.

The Democratic bench for governor in 2022 just got a whole lot stronger with these two as well as Angela Alsobrooks in Prince George’s and Johnny Olszewski in Baltimore County. Republicans bragged that Baltimore County was in the bag but Johnny O trounced them with 57% of the vote.

Democrat Jan Gardner won reelection in Frederick. Republican Barry Glassman easily did the same in Harford. Republican Bob Culver won reelection with a plurality in Wicomico.

Finally, disproving the naysayers, Democratic Marc Elrich just crushed his competition in Montgomery. The message that developers need to be reined in had legs in both Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties.


Dems Gain 3 or 4 in House of Delegates

Right now, Democrats have lost no seats in the House of Delegates. Instead, with nearly all votes counted, Dem. Courtney Watson has beat GOP Del. Robert Flanagan by 14% in Howard District 9B. In Anne Arundel District 30, Busch is easily joined by Alice Cain to pickup the second seat.

In District 8, Democrats didn’t just defeat a wave but turned it back to pickup a second seat. Dem. Del. Eric Bromwell will be joined by Harry Bhandari. Meanwhile, incumbent GOP Del. Joe Cluster is going down to fellow Republican Joseph Boteler, III.

The humdinger this year is in Harford District 34A. Incumbent Dem. Del. Mary Ann Lisanti easily won reelection. Right now, Democrat Steve Johnson leads incumbent Republican Del. Glen Glass by 25 votes with all precincts counted. This one isn’t over but color me surprised that Democrats may pickup a fourth seat here.

Bottom line, the Democratic majority will grow by at least three and possibly four seats in the House of Delegates.


Democratic Upsets Possible in AA & Howard County Exec Races

More signs that there are no coattails for Larry Hogan. Right now, upsets are brewing in Anne Arundel and Howard but a fair number of votes are left to be counted in both races. No other incumbents look endangered in either party.

In Anne Arundel, there are many votes left to be counted but Democrat Stuart Pittman is currently leading incumbent Republican County Exec. Steve Schuh by 52-48.

In Howard, 25 of 118 precincts are left to be counted by incumbent Republican County Executive Allen Kittleman is trailing Democrat Calvin Ball by 48-52.

In Baltimore County, you can get ready to call him County Executive Johnny O. He’s leading Redman by 57-43 with most precincts counted.

In Frederick, incumbent Democratic County Executive Jan Gardner leads Republican Del. Kathy Afzali by 52-44 with roughly 2/3 of precincts counted.

Incumbent Republican County Executive Barry Glassman is winning 2-1 in Harford County.

Developers pulled out all the stop to defeat Marc Elrich in Montgomery. The voters just elected him county executive with around 65% to 19% for independent Nancy Floreen and 16% for Robin Ficker. Most precincts have been counted.

Democratic State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks just become Prince George’s County Executive without opposition.

With all precincts counted, incumbent Republican Bob Culver is winning easily in Wicomico with a pluraity of 49% as the Democratic and Green candidates are splitting the remaining votes by 30-21.