Tuesday’s General Election saw some historical events take place. The state of Maryland elected a two-term Republican governor for the first time since 1954, and Montgomery County elected its first new County Executive in over a decade.
Governor Larry Hogan won easily in the statewide election and fared better than most GOP candidates in Montgomery County. According to unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections, Hogan won 56.2 percent of the vote garnering 1,196,352 votes statewide, in his defeat of Democratic challenger Ben Jealous, who earned 909,923 votes, or 42.7 percent of the votes, in the heavily Democratic Old Line State.
In Montgomery County, Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford garnered 158,573 votes, 44.52 percent, while Jealous and running-mate Susan Turnbull earned 193,887 votes, or 54.43 percent, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
County Executive and Council Race
In the three-way race for Montgomery County Executive, Takoma Park Democrat Marc Elrich easily defeated his two challengers earning 225,900 votes, or 64.33 percent of the votes.
While his opponents, former Democratic Councilmember Nancy Floreen, who joined the race after the primary and left the Democratic party to run as an independent candidate earned just 67,402 votes, of 19.19 percent of the votes, despite an endorsement by The Washington Post. Republican attorney Robin Ficker came in third with 57,489 votes or 16.37 percent of the votes.
In the races for Montgomery County Council seats, incumbent Councilmembers Hans Riemer, who currently serves as Council president, Nancy Navarro, who currently serves as Council vice president, Tom Hucker, Sidney Katz, and Craig Rice were re-elected to the Montgomery County Council. They will be joined on the Council by Councilmembers-elect Gabe Albornoz, Andrew Friedson, Evan Glass and Will Jawando, according to unofficial results released by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
All nine seats on the Council were up for election. Council President Riemer and Councilmembers-elect Albornoz, Glass and Jawando won the at-large seats. Councilmember-elect Friedson was elected in District 1. The four incumbent district Councilmembers were re-elected: Rice in District 2; Katz in District 3; Navarro in District 4; and Hucker in District 5.
The unofficial results, with 266 of 269 precincts counted, showed the following vote totals for the winners of the Council at-large seats: Albornoz with 235,998 (18.8 percent of the vote); Glass with 241,203 (19.2 percent of the vote); Jawando with 233,388 (18.6 percent of the vote); and Riemer with 228,430 (18.2 percent of the vote). Vote totals for district Council winners are as follows: Friedson with 61,594 (76.9 percent of the vote); Rice with 43,401 (70.6 percent of the vote); Katz with 53,134 (97.8 percent of the vote); Navarro with 51,718 (97 percent of the vote); and Hucker with 60,237 (nearly 98.8 percent of the vote).
The results remain unofficial until certified by the County Board of Elections. Ballots were cast by nearly 55 percent of registered voters. The new Council is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday, Dec. 3 at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.
Maryland Sixth Congressional Race
While in the Maryland Sixth Congressional race, Democrat businessman David Trone defeated Republican Amie Hoeber to take the seat currently held by Congressman John Delaney who has left the seat to pursue a run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2020.
Trone earned 142,656 total votes, or 57.6 percent of the votes, in the district which runs from Darnestown in Montgomery County, most of Frederick County, Washington County, Allegany County, and Garrett County in the far western panhandle of Maryland. Hoeber earned 97,330 votes or 39.3 percent of the district votes.
Trone told the crowd at his election night party, “We need more compassion, competence, and civility in Washington, and I pledge to lead the way. If we pull together, we can create a government that has compassion, that is competent, and that understands civility. I'm ready to get to work! America can do better, and we will do better.”
Trone, who is the co-owner of Total Wine and Liquor, and unsuccessfully ran in the primary for the Maryland 8th Congressional District losing to Congressmen Chris Van Hollen in 2016. In Montgomery County voting, Trone earned 89,234 votes or 72.5 percent of the votes. Hoeber earned 30,477 votes, which is 24.8 percent of the total votes in the County.
Complete Election Results for all offices to follow.
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