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Conservative Ranking


Maryland is the 5th least conservative state, voting 15.5% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Maryland is trending DEMOCRAT.

GOP Trend Ranking


Maryland ranks 46th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 1
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Wayne Gilchrest was defeated in the 2008 primary.

    GOP Candidates

  • Andrew Harris - Maryland State Senator  

    DEM Candidates

  • Frank Kratovil, Jr. - Attorney  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 2:  Dutch Ruppersberger (D)-inc vs. Richard Matthews (R)
  • District 3:  John Sarbanes (D)-inc vs. Thomas Harris (R)
  • District 4:  OPEN:  Donna Edwards (D) vs. Peter James (R)
  • District 5:  Steny Hoyer (D)-inc vs. Collins Bailey (R)
  • District 6:  Roscoe Bartlett (R)-inc vs. Jennifer Dougherty (D)
  • District 7:  Elijah Cummings (D)-inc vs. Michael Hargadon (R)
  • District 8:  Christopher van Hollen (D)-inc vs. Steven Hudson (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 12, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • February 12, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 2 GOP, 6 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 14 GOP, 33 DEM
      State House - DEM control 37 GOP, 104 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Martin O'Malley (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Anthony Brown (D) - 1st term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Barbara Mikulski (D) - 4th term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Junior Senator:  Benjamin Cardin (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  Wayne Gilchrest (R) - 9th term (defeated in primary)
  • House District 2:  Dutch Ruppersberger (D) - 3rd term
  • House District 3:  John Sarbanes (D) - 1st term
  • House District 4:  Albert Wynn (D) - 8th term (defeated in primary)
  • House District 5:  Steny Hoyer (D) - 14th term
  • House District 6:  Roscoe Bartlett (R) - 8th term
  • House District 7:  Elijah Cummings (D) - 7th term
  • House District 8:  Christopher van Hollen (D) - 3rd term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid DEM -- Strong DEM --

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid DEM -- -- Strong DEM
    Class 3 -- -- Solid DEM --

    Governor -- Weak GOP -- Mod DEM

    House 4 GOP - 4 DEM 2 GOP - 6 DEM 2 GOP - 6 DEM 2 GOP - 6 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Solid GOP Strong DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-3 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-4 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-5 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-6 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-7 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-8 Weak GOP Mod DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Maryland Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate
    No race
    Governor
    No race
    House District 1 (open)
    Andrew Harris
    vs
    Frank Kratovil, Jr.
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