Clinton wins in Maryland; Van Hollen is next US senator
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Hillary Clinton won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes Tuesday, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen will be the state’s next U.S. senator.
Voters stood in long lines in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. Clinton defeated billionaire Republican candidate Donald Trump, who not even Republican Gov. Larry Hogan supported. Van Hollen, a Democrat, defeated Del. Kathy Szeliga, who is the minority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates. Van Hollen won the seat that is opening because Sen. Barbara Mikulski is retiring.
“I am truly humbled, and it is time for all of us to get to work,” Van Hollen said.
Maryland’s elections Administrator Linda Lamone said voter turnout was “extraordinary” in Maryland. The elections board is projecting turnout to be at least 80 percent, she said.
Social services worker Sebiina Odin, 56, an African-American Democrat, said she voted for Hillary Clinton partly because she seems thoughtful and patient.
“She thinks about what she says before it actually comes out of her mouth,” Odin said after casting her ballot at an elementary school in Hagerstown.
Maria Welch, 53, said she voted for Trump.
“I like his message on jobs,” Welch said at Annapolis Middle School.
Maryland is traditionally a blue state. Democrats have won there in the past six presidential races. George Bush was the last Republican to win Maryland, 28 years ago in 1988.
Van Hollen is a seven-term Democrat. He ran as an experienced lawmaker willing to reach across the political aisle to do important work. Szeliga worked to use that experience against him, casting him as an insider of dysfunctional Washington.
Maryland residents also voted for the state’s eight U.S. House members. All of the incumbents seeking re-election to their House seats won. Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, a Democrat who lost the governor’s race in 2014, won the state’s 4th Congressional District, which is now held by Rep. Donna Edwards who lost the Democratic primary to Van Hollen. Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland’s lone Republican congressman, won re-election in the 1st Congressional District. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, also was re-elected, as was Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat. State Sen. Jamie Raskin won the congressional seat now represented by Van Hollen.
State Sen. Cathy Pugh, a Democrat, won the Baltimore mayor’s race, defeating Republican Alan Walden in the heavily Democratic city.