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Maryland voters choosing a governor, 188 state legislators

November 6, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland voters will be choosing a governor, a U.S. senator and eight U.S. House seats, as well as 188 state legislators on Tuesday.

Gov. Larry Hogan is seeking to become the first Republican re-elected in Maryland since 1954 in the state’s highest profile contest on Tuesday. He is being challenged by Democrat Ben Jealous, a former NAACP president who would be Maryland’s first black governor.

Jean Harris, an 80-year-old retired federal employee who lives in Bethesda, voted for Hogan, even though she is a Democrat who voted for Democrats for other offices during early voting.

“Hogan has been a very effective and fair governor,” Harris said, adding that she “wasn’t getting the connection” with Jealous.

Marion O’Connor, of Oxon Hill, said she voted for Jealous for new ideas and his proposal for Medicare for all.

“I do believe everyone should be covered under some type of a plan, and it should be affordable,” she said after voting early last week in Fort Washington. “It shouldn’t have to break the bank for children or seniors or even the working to have health care.”

At the statehouse, the focus will be on whether Republicans can win five seats to break a supermajority held by Democrats. That would have a considerable impact on state government in Maryland, if Hogan wins, because Democrats would not be able to override his vetoes. Democrats now hold a 33-14 advantage in the Senate, and they need 29, or a three-fifths vote, to override a veto. The Maryland House of Delegates has 91 Democrats and 50 Republicans. They need 85 votes for a supermajority in that chamber.

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, is seeking his third term. He’s is being challenged by Republican Tony Campbell and Neal Simon, an unaffiliated candidate.

Maryland’s 6th Congressional District race is for the only open seat in Maryland’s eight-member U.S. House delegation. David Trone, a Democrat and co-owner of a national wine store chain, is running against Amie Hoeber, a Republican and national security consultant. The district stretches from the suburbs of the nation’s capital to the borders of West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, the state’s lone Republican congressman, is being challenged by Democrat Jesse Colvin in the district that includes Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Voters also will be deciding two constitutional amendments. One would require casino revenue set aside for schools to be used to enhance education spending above state funding formulas. The other would allow residents to register to vote at their polling places on Election Day.

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