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MARYLAND

marylandPopulation: 6,006,401 (2015)

Filing deadline: February 3, 2016.

Primary: April 26, 2016.

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Maryland (D+10) is a former swing state that has turned decidedly to the left the last few decades. It is 57% White, 28% Black, 7% Hispanic and 6% Asian.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 10. Mary­land is solidly Democratic in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Ben Cardin. (Pic: Congress)

Ben Cardin. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Ben Cardin (D)
Committees: Foreign Relations (Ranking), Small Business (Ranking), Finance, Environment.

Democratic nominee: Ben Cardin
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Lawyer Ben Cardin (b.1943) served in the House for 20 years before getting elected to the Senate in 2006. He took 56% in 2012.

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Barbara Mikulski. (Pic: Congress)

Barbara Mikulski. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Bar­bara Mikulski (D)
Committees: Appropriations (Ranking), Health & Education, Intelligence.

Democratic nomineeChris Van Hollen
Republican nomineeKathy Szeliga

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Social worker Bar­bara Mikulski (b.1936) served ten years in the House before getting elected to the Senate in 1986. She took 62% in 2010, but is not running for re-election. The Democrats nominated Congressman Chris Van Hollen to replace her, while the GOP nominated contractor and State Representative Kathy Szeliga.

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Representatives: 8 Representatives; 7 Democrats, 1 Republican.

Andy Harris. (Pic: Congress)

Andy Harris. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Andy Harris (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeJoe Werner
Republican nominee: Andy Harris

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (R+14) covers eastern and northeastern portions of the state, including the whole Eastern Shore area along Chesapeake Bay. It is 83% White and 11% Black. Physician and State Senator Andy Harris (b.1957) was first elected in 2010 and took 70% in 2014. Lawyer Joe Werner is running for the Dems.

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Dutch Ruppersberger. (Pic: Congress)

Dutch Ruppersberger. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Dutch Ruppersberger (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Dutch Rup­pers­berger
Republican nomineePat McDonough

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+10) covers northern and central areas, including a small share of Baltimore. It is 58% White and 30% Black. Lawyer and County Commissioner Dutch Ruppersberger (b.1946) was first elected in 2002 and took 61% in 2014. The GOP nominated State Representative Pat McDonough.

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John Sarbanes. (Pic: Congress)

John Sarbanes. (Pic: Congress)

District 3 Representative: John Sarbanes (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: John Sar­banes
Republican nomineeMark Plaster

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+9) contains central areas, including Annapolis and parts of Baltimore. It is 66% White and 19% Black. Lawyer John Sarbanes (b.1962), the son of a former senator, was first elected in 2006 and took 60% in 2014. The GOP is running physician and veteran Mark Plaster.

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Donna Edwards. (Pic: Congress)

Donna Edwards. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Donna Edwards (D)
Committees: Science, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeAnthony Brown
Republican nomineeGeorge McDermott

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+26) covers the area between Baltimore and Annapolis and stretches southwest to take in suburbs of Washington DC. It is 29% White, 54% Black and 13% Hispanic. Lawyer Donna Edwards (b.1958) beat an incumbent in the 2008 primary and took 70% in 2014. She lost the Senate nomination in 2016. The Dems nominated former LG and losing gubernatorial nominee in 2014, veteran Anthony Brown to replace her. The GOP nominated contractor George McDermott.

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Steny Hoyer. (Pic: Congress)

Steny Hoyer. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Steny Hoyer (D)
Committees: None.

Democratic nominee: Steny Hoyer
Republican nomineeMark Arness

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+14) covers the southern parts of Maryland and is 52% White and 35% Black. Lawyer Steny Hoyer (b.1939) won a special election in 1981 and took 64% in 2014. He is the Democrats’ Chief Whip. The GOP is running physician and veteran Mark Arness.

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John Delaney. (Pic: Congress)

John Delaney. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: John Delaney (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: John Delaney
Republican nomineeAmie Hoeber

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+4) contains the northwestern areas of the state, including the long, thin arm north of West Virginia. It is 66% White, 10% Black, 10% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Businessman John Delaney (b.1963) beat an incumbent Republican in 2012, but just barely won re-election in 2014, with 50%. The GOP primary this year was therefore a very crowded affair, but defense consultant and former assisting Secretary of Defense, Amie Hoeber won the nomination.

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Elijah Cummings. (Pic: Congress)

Elijah Cummings. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Elijah Cummings (D)
Committees: Oversight (Ranking), Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Elijah Cum­mings
Republican nominee: William Newton

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+24) contains most of Baltimore and suburbs to the north and west. It is 36% White and 53% Black. Lawyer and State Representative Elijah Cummings (b.1951) won a special election in 1996 and took 70% in 2014. The GOP is running auto mechanic William Newton.

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Chris Van Hollen. (Pic: Congress)

Chris Van Hollen. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Chris Van Hollen (D)
Committees: Budget (Ranking).

Democratic nomineeJamie Raskin
Republican nomineeDan Cox

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The district (D+11) stretches from the northern suburbs of Washington DC up to the Pennsylvania border. It is 65% White, 10% Black, 10% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Lawyer and State Senator Chris Van Hollen (b.1959) was first elected in 2002 and took 61% in 2014. He is running for Senate this year and the Democrats nominated State Senator Jamie Raskin to replace him. The GOP is running lawyer Dan Cox.

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STATE LEVEL

Larry Hogan. (Pic: State of MD)

Larry Hogan. (Pic: State of MD)

Governor: Larry Hogan (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeLarry Hogan

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The Republicans surprised everybody by winning this state in 2014, with 51%. Businessman and former State Cabinet Secretary Larry Hogan (b.1956) will probably have a hard time holding on, even if he’s very popular at the moment.

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Boyd Rutherford. (Pic: State of MD)

Boyd Rutherford. (Pic: State of MD)

Lieutenant Governor: Boyd Rutherford (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Boyd Rutherford

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
The LG is picked by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. Hogan chose businessman and lawyer Boyd Rutherford (b.1957).

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Peter Franchot. (Pic: State of MD)

Peter Franchot. (Pic: State of MD)

Comptroller: Peter Fran­chot (D)

Democratic nominee: Peter Fran­chot
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Peter Fran­chot (b.1947) was first elected in 2006 and took 63% in 2014.

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Brian Frosh. (Pic: State of MD)

Brian Frosh. (Pic: State of MD)

Attorney General­: Brian Frosh (D)

Democratic nomineeBrian Frosh
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Brian Frosh (b.1946) held the office for the Democrats with 56% in 2014.

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State Senate: 47 (33D / 14R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.
State House: 141 (90D / 51R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.

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