Despite GOP gains across the country, Maryland Democrats won all state-wide races, all but one Congressional race and picked up two seats in the State Senate. With some Delegate races not yet decided, the composure of the House of Delegates remains unclear. Republicans will likely pick up a few seats but not enough to make a dent in Democrats 104 to 37 majority.
Governor Martin O’Mally (D) defeated former Governor Robert Ehrlich (R) by a comfortable 14%. Along with Peter Franchot (D) as Comptroller and Douglas F. Gansler (D) as Attorney General, Maryland voters sent the same administration back to Annapolis.
In Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, Majority Leader and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board Member, Steny Hoyer (D), defeated Charles Lollar (R) by more than 29% despite Lollar’s strong showing in St. Mary’s County where he defeated Hoyer by some 4,628 votes.
St. Mary’s County races show a different partisan make up with four County Commission seats going to Republicans with the race for Commission President yet to be decided. In the Commission President race, incumbent Jack Russell (D) leads Thomas McKay (R) by just 14 votes.
State Senator Roy Dyson from District 29, covering most of St. Mary’s County and parts of Calvert County, defeated Republican challenger Stephen Waugh.
Delegate races from District 29, John Wood (D-29a) and John Bohanan (D-29b) have not yet been called but both appear to be in the lead over Matt Morgan (R) and Erick Anderson (R) respectively. Tony O’Donnell (R-29c), the House Minority Leader, defeated challengers Chris Davies (D) and Shawn Quinn (L).