Harris, Hogan beat blue wave; Cardin rides it to re-election
EASTON — While Democrats were able to take the U.S. House of Representatives, the Eastern Shore’s Republican congressman managed to rise above the so-called blue wave along with Maryland’s governor, a fellow member of the GOP.
Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris will remain the congressional representative for Maryland’s 1st District for two more years after receiving more than 60 percent of the vote Tuesday. Fellow Capitol Hill incum- bent U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., also retained his seat for a third term after taking in 64.1 percent of the vote.
In the state government races, the incumbents — Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Francot and Attorney General Brian Frosh — all were re-elected.
Harris, a former state senator who was first elected to the House in 2010, garnered 176,595 votes, or 60.5 percent, while Democratic challenger Jesse Colvin received 109,617 total votes, or 37.6 percent. Jenica Martin, running as a Libertarian, received 5,420 votes.
Harris and his aides, who were attending Hogan’s vic- tory party, were unavailable for comment as of press time. WBFF-TV reporter John Rydell, who was attending Hogan’s party, tweeted Tuesday night that Harris said that it was, “pretty humbling to have the people in the (1st) District return me to Washington by an overwhelming margin.”
Colvin, a native Maryland- er and Perry Hall resident, served for six years as an intelligence officer and U.S. Army Ranger. He graduated from Duke University in 2006 with a bachelor’s de- gree in history and earned a master’s degree in international affairs in 2015 from Columbia University.
Colvin’s ambitous campaign in a district largely considered safe by pollsters due to a high number of Republican voters as a result of the 2010 redistricting attracted a great deal of media attention, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the statistical odds.
“Thanks to all of you, we started a movement of change across this District. No matter the results tonight, we have so much
to be proud of. We are profoundly grateful to you all,” Colvin tweeted just after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Cardin received 1,361,967 votes. Republican challenger Tony Campbell garnered 659,120; unaffiliated candidate Neal Simon, who conceded the race before a single number was released Tuesday night, received 79,548 votes; and Libertarian Arvin Vohra came in last on the ballot with 21,209 votes.
“Thank you, Maryland.
It’s the privilege of my life to represent you in the Senate, and I’m proud to be your voice for six more years,” Cardin tweeted Tuesday night. “Now let’s get to work.”
Gov. Larry Hogan, with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, will be only the second Republican re-elected to serve in the state’s top post. Hogan bested Democrat Ben Jealous, a former president of the NAACP, and running mate Susan Turnbull 1,196,352 votes to 909,923. Also-ran tickets of Libertarians Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith and Green Party members Ian Schlakman and Annie Chambers garnered 12,055 and 10,037 votes, respectively.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, handily kept his post for a fourth term with 1,488,620 votes — the most received in any of Maryland’s races. Repub- lican challenger Anjali Reed Phukan garnered 587,182 votes.
In a Facebook post Tuesday night, Franchot said he is deeply grateful that voters hired him for another four
years. He pledged to work across the aisle “to chart a fiscally responsible course” for the state.
“For me, it is, above all else, a reminder that there is no such thing as a Democratic taxpayer or a Republican taxpayer. I’ve been hired by ALL of Maryland’s taxpayers to provide the best possible customer service, protect families from fraud and theft, and fight every day to save your hardearned money. That was my pledge over the course of this campaign, and I promise to justify your continued confidence over these next four years,” Franchot posted on Facebook Tuesday night. “Once again, thank you for your friendship and support. I’ll never take either for granted.”
Voters also returned Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, to a second term. Frosh bested Repub-
lican challenger Craig Wolf 1,347,078 votes to 755,073.
The governor, comptroller and attorney general serve four-year terms. The governor is limited to two terms.
There were two ballot questions this year, both for constitutional amendments. Voters approved them overwhelmingly.
The first, “Requiring Commercial Gaming Revenues that are for Public Education to Supplement Spending for Education in Public Schools,” received 1,733,028 votes for the measure and 215,124 against. On the second question, “Same-Day Registration and Voting at the Precinct Polling Place on Election Day,” voters cast 1,335,320 ballots for the change and 654,621 against it.
All results are unofficial, as absentee and provisional ballots have not been counted.