UPDATED: Nov. 6, 2014 11:07 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) – Polls closed in Maryland at 8 p.m. Here is the rundown of who won and where:
Upset in Governor’s Race
Republican Larry Hogan has won the governor’s race in predominantly Democratic Maryland.
Hogan achieved the upset against Democrat Anthony Brown in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin.
Seven Md. Representatives Re-Elected
Seven of Maryland’s eight U.S. House members won re-election Tuesday and Democratic freshman Rep. John Delaney was locked in a close contest with Republican former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino.
The Associated Press has declared Democratic U.S. Rep. John Delaney the winner in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District late Thursday night.
The former financier from Montgomery County defeated retired Republican Dan Bongino and Green Party candidate George Gluck. AP declared Delaney the winner on Thursday night after election officials counted absentee ballots in five counties.
The first-term congressman campaigned as a bipartisan moderate, citing his Partnership to Build America bill to rebuild America’s roads and bridges through a public-private partnership.
Delaney also criticized the once-a-decade redistricting process that helped him win the seat held for 20 years by Republican Roscoe Bartlett. Delaney said the highly politicized process should be reformed so congressional districts truly represent local communities. The 6th District is largely rural, but many rural conservative voters felt their voices were muted by Democrat-led redistricting that added a chunk of liberal-leaning Montgomery County.
Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen narrowly defeated Republican businessman Dave Wallace to win an eighth term representing the 8th District in suburban Washington. Van Hollen had 54 percent of the vote with two-thirds of precincts reporting.
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, defeated Republican David Banach to win a seventh term in the Baltimore-area 2nd District. Ruppersberger had more than 60 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting.
Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes defeated Republican Charles A. Long, a retired Johns Hopkins University chemist, to win a fifth term representing the 3rd District in central Maryland. Sarbanes had more than 60 percent of the vote with nearly 80 percent of precincts reporting.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer defeated Republican Chris Chaffee by a wide margin in the 5th District, which includes southern Maryland. Hoyer, 75, has represented the district since 1981.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, easily defeated businessman Republican Corrogan Vaughn to win a 10th term representing the Baltimore-area 7th District.
Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards won by a wide margin over Republican businesswoman Nancy Hoyt in the 4th District in suburban Washington to win a fourth term.
The delegation’s lone Republican, Andy Harris, defeated Democrat Bill Tilghman to win a third term in the 1st District, which includes the Eastern Shore. Harris had more than 70 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting.
The tight race in the 6th Congressional District teetered between Delaney’s overwhelming strength in the Montgomery County suburbs of Washington and Bongino’s strong support in conservative rural western Maryland. Bongino had a narrow lead with 86 percent of precincts reporting, but about a third of the Montgomery County vote was still uncounted.
Bongino, who lost a statewide bid for U.S. Senate in 2012, aimed to reclaim the 6th Congressional District for the GOP. The Republicans held the seat for 20 years before redistricting shifted the balance of registered voters toward the Democrats in 2012.
Independent voter Susan Marrama, 61, said she cast her vote for Bongino at a rural elementary school near Hagerstown, about 70 miles west of Baltimore.
“I just voted for a switch, that’s all,” said the retired schoolteacher and Reiki massage practitioner. “The housing market isn’t so good, the economy isn’t so great. I think that people are suffering. I just think that maybe we could do a little better.”
Registered Democrat Katherine Schwartz, 48, a substitute teacher in Washington County public schools, said she voted for Delaney, largely because she trusts Democrats to better represent middle- and lower-class Americans.
“I don’t trust the Republican party overall right now because it’s not a well-defined party any more, thanks to the tea partyers,” she said.
Both candidates spent the day greeting voters in Frederick, Washington and Montgomery counties. The district also includes Allegany and Garrett counties in far western Maryland.
Delaney, a former financier from Montgomery County, combined a moderate stance on fiscal issues with a liberal approach to social ones.
Bongino offered a conservative platform of lower taxes, a balanced budget, school-choice vouchers and opposition to the 2010 federal health care law. His campaign promise to never vote for higher taxes contrasted with Delaney’s call for compromise as the solution to congressional gridlock.
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