One Senate seat is up for election in Maryland, held by a Democratic incumbent. Voters will also choose representatives for eight House seats, seven of which are held by Democrats and one by a Republican. And they will select a governor, an office currently held by a Republican. See Maryland’s primary results.
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a former ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, is favored over Tony Campbell (R), a political science lecturer at Towson University, and independent Neal Simon, a financial-services executive from Potomac.
Democrats in Maryland were rattled in 2014 when a little-known Republican named Larry Hogan beat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, their party’s gubernatorial nominee. Hogan’s popularity and bipartisan credentials make him a significant favorite against former NAACP president Ben Jealous, a progressive backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) whose platform includes universal healthcare and a $15 minimum wage.
Going into this election, Maryland had 7 Democratic representatives and 1 Republican representative. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has declared that Senate Republicans will not vote to increase the Treasury’s authority to continue borrowing. As he has done before, McConnell has essentially created a new rule out of whole cloth to defend his position amid charges of cynical hypocrisy.