Har­ris, Hogan beat blue wave; Cardin rides it to re-elec­tion

Kent County News - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS AND DANIEL DIVILIO jrodgers@ches­pub.com ddivilio@thekent­coun­tynews.com

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.

LARRY HOGAN

BEN CARDIN

ANDY HAR­RIS

BRIAN FROSH

PETER FRAN­CHOT

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