Hoyer coasts through yet an­other elec­tion

Ho­gan re-elected to sec­ond term; bal­lot ques­tions pass

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JESSE YEATMAN jyeat­man@somd­news.com

Al­though re-elected, Rep. Steny Hoyer (DMd., 5th) once again came in be­hind his Repub­li­can chal­lenger in his home county, St. Mary’s.

Hoyer won the high­est per­cent­age — 70 per­cent — of votes across his dis­trict, which in­cludes all of South­ern Mary­land and a por­tion of Prince Ge­orge’s County, al­low­ing him to once again keep his seat.

In St. Mary’s, how­ever, Repub­li­can Wil­liam A. Devine III had more votes, top­ping Hoyer by about 50.5 per­cent to 46 per­cent.

In Calvert, the long­time in­cum­bent came in slightly be­hind Devine, col­lect­ing just 47.8 per­cent of votes cast. Hoyer eas­ily won over Charles vot­ers, gar­ner­ing al­most 72 per­cent of the votes.

Devine and Hoyer far out­paced Green Party can­di­date Pat El­der of Lex­ing­ton Park and Ja­cob Pulcher, a Lib­er­tar­ian from Shady Side, who each had less than 2 per­cent of

votes across the dis­trict.

Hoyer has rep­re­sented the dis­trict since 1981, and touts his work on pro­tect­ing ac­cess to af­ford­able health care, ex­pand­ing ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and en­sur­ing lo­cal mil­i­tary bases and other fed­eral fa­cil­i­ties have re­sources they need.

“I am hon­ored to re­ceive the sup­port of vot­ers to con­tinue serv­ing them in the Fifth Dis­trict,” Hoyer said in a state­ment is­sued af­ter the elec­tion. “I’ve worked hard through­out my time in Congress to ad­dress the is­sues most im­por­tant to my con­stituents, such as en­sur­ing all fam­i­lies have ac­cess to af­ford­able, qual­ity health care; pro­tect­ing fair pay and ben­e­fits for our hard­work­ing fed­eral em­ploy­ees; ex­pand­ing ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity to all Mary­lan­ders; and en­sur­ing our mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions have the re­sources they need to con­tinue serv­ing our na­tion.”

Ho­gan re-elected for 2nd term as gover­nor

Tues­day night in Mary­land was his­toric: Gov. Larry Ho­gan, the pop­u­lar in­cum­bent, won a de­ci­sive vic­tory against his Demo­cratic chal­lenger to be­come the state’s first two-term Repub­li­can gover­nor in more than half a cen­tury.

The As­so­ci­ated Press called the race at 9:07 p.m. with Ho­gan lead­ing Ben Jeal­ous, the for­mer NAACP pres­i­dent. By Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with nearly all of the state’s elec­tion day precincts re­port­ing, Ho­gan was in the lead with 56.2 per­cent of votes, com­pared to Jeal­ous, who had 42.7 per­cent of statewide votes.

Re­sults for the third-party can­di­dates, Ian Sch­lak­man of the Green Party and Lib­er­tar­ian Shawn Quinn of Lusby, were neg­li­gi­ble at less than 1 per­cent each statewide.

Ho­gan won 77 per­cent of the vote in St. Mary’s com­pared to Jeal­ous, who had about 22 per­cent. In Calvert, Ho­gan col­lected 76 per­cent of votes.

In Charles, Ho­gan and Jeal­ous each re­ceived ap­prox­i­mately 49.6 per­cent of the vote, with un­of­fi­cial re­sults show­ing Ho­gan in a slight lead in the county with just 20 more votes out of the more than 60,000 cast.

Not since the Eisen­hower ad­min­is­tra­tion have Mary­land vot­ers re-elected a Repub­li­can gover­nor — when Theodore McKeldin won a sec­ond term in 1954.

Both statewide bal­lot ques­tions pass with ease

Vot­ers in St. Mary’s joined with other Mary­lan­ders to pass two bal­lot ques­tions.

The first spec­i­fies that, start­ing in 2020, the ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing from gam­ing rev­enues must be sup­ple­men­tal and can­not be used as a sub­sti­tute for other school fund­ing al­ready re­quired by law.The sec­ond ques­tion amends the state constitution to al­low qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als to reg­is­ter and vote on the same day.

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