Dorchester sees high turnout for Election Day
CAMBRIDGE — Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to win the presidential election and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, DMd.-8th, earned a victory in the U.S. Senate.
Trump has earned 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228 by Wednesday afternoon. Clinton won Maryland’s electoral votes but Trump won all the counties on the MidShore.
In Dorchester County, Trump received 7,938 votes to Clinton’s 5,695 votes.
Gov. Larry Hogan offered his congratulations to Trump Wednesday morning and called for politicians on both sides of the aisle to work together.
“Now is the time for all of us to come together to find real solutions to the problems we face as a country. For the past two years, our administration has been committed to working with both Democrats and Republicans to change Maryland for the better and that is exactly what we need to see more of in Washington, D.C. As we move forward, I encourage both parties to leave behind the divisive politics that have marred this election season and our nation for far too long and focus on doing what is best for America,” Hogan said in a statement.
Comptroller Peter Franchot offered thanks to everyone who participated in Tuesday’s election and congratulated Trump on his victory.
“Grateful this morning for every Marylander who took time to participate in yesterday’s elections — whether as an election judge, a volunteer for the candidate of their choice, or simply as a voter who cared enough about their country and community to cast a ballot,” Franchot said. “It takes a remarkable amount of shared effort to pull off a statewide election, and credit goes to everyone who made ours possible.
“It’s no secret that I supported Secretary Clinton and had no shortage of differences with Donald Trump over the course of this campaign. That said, we’ve had our say, and he is now the President-Elect of the United States,” he said. “While I’m naturally disappointed in the outcome, I’d also like to think that — as a matter of respect for the democratic process and in recognition of what he will soon have to deal with — we can come together as Americans and pray that President-Elect Trump will rise to the occasion.
“To be sure, we will continue to have our meaningful disagreements, and we will call him out and hold him accountable when we feel the public interest requires us to do so,” he said. “And to be sure, we will have our say again in four years. That’s democracy, and it’s a good thing.
“For the time being, though, I’m just ready to set the political brickbats aside and give the man a chance to govern in accordance with his newfound stature as the leader of a great nation in a deeply troubled world,” Franchot said. “And now that the election is over, I personally believe that all of us could use a little break from the endless political debates of the past few months, and perhaps rediscover our focus on those things that brought us together as friends and neighbors in the first place.”
Van Hollen won the seat that has been filled by retiring Democrat Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Van Hollen is out well ahead of Del. Kathy Szeliga, R-7-Baltimore County. Van Hollen is sitting on about 1.5 million votes to Szeliga’s 898,312.
In Dorchester County, Szeliga received 7,351 votes to Van Hollen’s 6,127 votes.
Dorchester County Board of Elections said the county received a good turnout this Election Day 2016.
According to the county board of elections, more than 14,000 votes were cast in Dorchester County.
“Early voting numbers were definitely up,” said Dorchester County Election Director Gwendolyn Dales.
Dales said early voting numbers were up from previous years with 3,757 ballots already cast before Tuesday, Nov. 8. Absentee ballot counts hover at approximately 700 after the first canvas, but the final tally is not yet available.
Dales said the percentage of voter turnout is on target to meet the numbers from the 2012 general election, which garnered approximately a 76 percent turnout rate.
“Everything is going pretty smoothly so far,” Dales said. “We haven’t had any issues with machines.”
The Eldorado-Brookview Fire Hall, a polling station serving a northern part of Dorchester County.