ANNAPOLIS, Md (CBSDC/AP) – Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin has won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating a Republican and a well-financed independent.

Based on exit polling Tuesday, Cardin defeated Republican Dan Bongino and independent Rob Sobhani.

Cardin was first elected to the Senate in 2006 after a long career in the House of Representatives.

Bongino is a former Secret Service agent and political newcomer. Sobhani had previously run unsuccessful campaigns as a Republican and spent more than $4 million of his own money to flood the airwaves and finance his run this year as an independent.

Democrat John Delaney has defeated Republican congressman Roscoe Bartlett in Maryland’s westernmost House district.

Democratic John Sarbanes wins another term in Md.’s 3rd congressional district.

Democrat Steny Hoyer has been re-elected in Md.’s 5th district.

Democrat Chris Van Hollen wins re-election in Md.’s 8th congressional district.

Democrat Donna Edwards beats GOP’s Faith Loudon in Md. 4th congressional district.

So far, seven incumbents have won Maryland House races. Six of those are Democrats and one is Republican.

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