1:10 am With all of the precints in Prince George’s County reporting, residents voted against the same-sex marriage ballot measure by a narrow margin. The unofficial tally is 131,619 votes for, and 137,626 votes against.
1:05 am The results of several local ballot questions in Montgomery County, courtesy of my colleague Victor Zapana.
QUESTION A - creates a county authority to recruit and hire people with severe disabilities into county jobs
80.3% to 19.7%
283,911 to 69,636
QUESTION B - upholds a police labor law that removes a method of bargaining for the local police union
58.3% to 41.7%
199,355 to 142,467
QUESTION C - allows beer and wine sales in Damascus, Md.
66.7% to 33.3%
6,678 to 3,337
1:01 am The latest — but not final -- results for Question 7 on gambling is 51.7 percent in favor, and 48.3 percent against.
12:58 am Maryland approves expansion of gambling
Maryland voters legalized full-fledged casino gambling Tuesday, embracing a plan to bring a Las Vegas-style casino to Prince George’s County and allow the state’s previously authorized slots casinos to offer table games, such as craps, black jack and roulette.
In reaching their decision, Maryland voters weathered an unprecedented blizzard of political ads. In the three months since state lawmakers approved the plan and sent it to voters, campaigns funded largely by out-of-state gaming interests shattered every record for spending on a Maryland election.
In that fight, MGM Resorts will go down as the victor over Penn National Gaming. MGM is aggressively seeking rights to develop an $800 million-dollar casino and resort at National Harbor. Penn National, which opposed the plan, stands to lose a significant share of its revenue from Washington-area gamblers who now travel to its Charles Town casino in West Virginia.
Passage of the measure is also a win for Maryland Gov. O’Malley (D) and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, (D) who had campaigned hard for the measure as a source of new jobs and revenue.
12:50 am AP projecting Maryland approves expansion of gambling.
12:47 am The Write-Ins
Among the 31 write-in candidates for President that Maryland voters suggested, two had the kind of name recognition that might have given them a chance: Santa Claus and Roseanne Barr. Each earned 0 percent of the vote.
12:39 am All of Baltimore city’s precincts have reported.
12:37 am Precincts still out in Prince George’s, Baltimore, and Howard counties. Will be interesting to see the final tally for same-sex marriage in Prince George’s and Baltimore counties, where voters have been evenly divided much of the night.
12:30 am A quick wrap up of a few other races that were called earlier tonight: