Breaking Away From Neighbors

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Vote totals in last week's contest for governor may indicate that Charles County has become a reliably Democratic jurisdiction in elections for statewide offices. Over the past four elections, Charles voters have gradually increased their support for the Democratic candidate. On Nov. 7, Democrat Martin O'Malley won a majority of Charles votes.

Meanwhile, Calvert and St. Mary's counties have remained solidly in the Republican column in voting for governor, despite a small edge for Democrats in voter registration in St. Mary's and a nearly even split between the parties in Calvert.

The chart shows the percentages of voters in each county who chose the Democrat or the Republican in each of the past four gubernatorial elections.

Voting for Governor

YEAR

CHARLES

CALVERT

ST. MARY'S

DRDRDR

O'Malley (D)

vs. Ehrlich (R)

200651.947.242.156.940.558.1

Townsend (D)

vs. Ehrlich (R)

20024356.137.561.735.863.2
Glendening (D) vs. Sauerbrey (R)199844.553.843.456.645.554.5
Glendening (D) vs. Sauerbrey (R)1994396139.160.941.558.5

SOURCE: Maryland State Board of Elections


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