On Nov. 6, 2018, American citizens went to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. In the U.S. Senate, Republicans remain in control with 51% of seats.
Democrats hold 44% of seats, 2% are unaffiliated, and 3% are yet to be declared. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats take the majority with 51.3% of seats. Republicans hold 45.3%, and 15 seats have yet to be declared.
The 2018 midterm election is a banner one for women, LGBT, and other minorities and underrepresented citizens. At least 100 women now hold seats in the House, with 35 newly elected and 85 incumbent, according to CNN. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) are the first Native American women elected to congress.
Davids also identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT woman of color in congress. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D.F.L.-Minn.) are the first Muslim women elected to congress. In addition, Omar is the first Somali-American member congress, as well as a former refugee. In Colorado, Jared Polis (D) is the first openly gay governor, and in Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn (R) is their first female senator.
In Maryland, Gov. Hogan (R) held with 56.2% of the vote, while Ben Jealous (D) took 42.8%. Shawn Quinn (L) and Ian Schlakman (G) took 0.6% and 0.5% of the vote, respectively. In the fifth district, which includes Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert County, as well as parts of Prince George’s County, Steny Hoyer (D), with 70.2% of the vote, remains as the representative.
The Maryland U.S. Senator remains Ben Cardin (D) with 64.2% of the vote. The state Attorney General is still Brian Frosh (D), with 64.1% of the vote. In the Maryland State Senate, Democrats won 30 seats, while Republicans won 14. In the House of Delegates, Democrats won 95 seats, and Republicans won 41. The state Comptroller is still Peter Franchot (D), with 71.7% of votes.
Two questions appeared on this year’s ballot in Maryland. Question One, regarding the allotment of gaming revenue for education, passed with 87.7% votes for, and 12.3% against. Question Two, regarding same-day election registration, passed with 67.1% votes for, and 32.9% against. In past election cycles, voters would have to register at least three weeks in advance of elections in order to have their votes counted.