Fran­chot, Frosh and Cardin coast to over­whelm­ing wins

Ques­tions 1, 2 ap­proved by Mar yland vot­ers

The Star Democrat - - OBITUARIES -

EAS­TON — Demo­cratic in­cum­bents Peter Fran­chot, Brian Frosh and Ben Cardin eas­ily won re-elec­tion Tues­day.

Fran­chot, the state comptroller was the top vote-get­ter statewide among all can­di­dates, 1,488,620 votes across Mar yland. The Demo­crat won in nearly ev­ery county in the state, in­clud­ing all five Mid-Shore coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to unof­fi­cial Elec­tion Day re­sults.

Repub­li­can chal­lenger An­jali Reed Phukan got 587,182 votes statewide, or about 28 per­cent of the vote.

Cardin, one of Mary­land’s two U.S. sen­a­tors, was re-elected with 1,361,967, 64 per­cent. Repub­li­can chal­lenger Tony Camp­bell had 659,120 votes (31 per­cent); un­af­fil­i­ated can­di­date Neal Si­mon had 79,548 (3.7 per­cent); and Lib­er­tar­ian Arvin Vohra earned 21,209 (1 per­cent).

Frosh was elected to an­other term as Mary­land at­tor­ney general with 1,347,078 (64 per­cent). Repub­li­can chal­lenger Craig Wolf took 755,073 votes (36 per­cent).

Al­though Fran­chot was the top in­di­vid­ual vote-get­ter, one item on the bal­lot did earn more votes.

Mary­land vot­ers over­whelm­ingly sup­ported Ques­tion 1, a state con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that will cre­ate a “lock­box” for gam­ing rev­enues to be used for sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing for pub­lic schools. Ques­tion 1 was sup­ported by 1,733,028 (89 per­cent) of those who cast bal­lots. Ques­tion 1 was ap­proved by vot­ers in all 23 coun­ties and Bal­ti­more City.

Vot­ers also ap­proved an­other con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment by a large mar­gin. Ques­tion 2 will al­low same day reg­is­tra­tion and vot­ing at precinct polling places on Elec­tion Day. In early vot­ing and on Tues­day, 1,335,320 (67 per­cent) cast bal­lots for Ques­tion 2; 654,621 (33 per­cent) voted against the mea­sure. On the Mid-Shore, a small ma­jor­ity of vot­ers in Caro­line and Queen Anne’s coun­ties cast bal­lots against Ques­tion 2.

BRIAN FROSH

PETER FRAN­CHOT

BEN CARDIN

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