Maryland Roundup: Same-Sex Marriage, More Gambling Approved
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC) – Aside from the re-election of Senator Cardin, Maryland voters elected for plenty of change on Election Day, even setting a nationwide precedent for education along the way.
Voters ushered in a new era of equality both by approving same-sex marriage in the state, and by allowing illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition at public colleges – making Maryland the first state to approve some version of the Dream Act by way of popular vote.
Democrat John Sarbanes re-elected to fourth term.
Democrat Donna Edwards re-elected.
Democrat Steny Hoyer re-elected to seventeenth term.
Democrat John Delaney elected to first term, unseating ten-term Roscoe Bartlett.
Democrat Chris Van Hollen re-elected to sixth term.
The ballot question proposing same-sex marriage was narrowly approved by voters when it received about 52 percent of the vote.
Illegal immigrants can now qualify for in-state rates if they attend a Maryland high school for three years and if they or their parents can show they filed state income taxes during that time.
The vote for Question 7 will bring a sixth casino to the state of Maryland and new jobs – specifically to Prince George’s County. More than $90 million was spent in advertising on this issue.
BEN CARDIN RE-ELECTED TO SENATE
Maryland chose to return one of its more familiar faces, in Senator Ben Cardin.
ROSCOE BARTLETT FAILS TO EARN TWELFTH TERM
But chose to say goodbye to perhaps its most familiar face, in Roscoe Bartlett.