The Green Papers: Maryland 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 12 February 2008
Special Election House CD 4: Tuesday 17 June 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:10(1.86% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:8(1.84% of 435)
2000 Census:5,307,886 (1.88% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):3,925,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):2,715,366
Capital:Annapolis
Tuesday 12 February 2008 polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC).
Tuesday 17 June 2008 polling hours 7:00a EDT (1100 UTC) to 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC).
 

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Maryland State and Local Government

Maryland 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


12 January 2009: 2008 Presidential General Election Official Results


18 September 2008: Synchronized with Maryland State Board of Elections' - 2008 Presidential General Election.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 10 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 1,629,467 61.92% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(10 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 959,862 36.47% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Independent 14,713 0.56% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Libertarian 9,842 0.37% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne A. Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Scattering 9,043 0.34% Other Write-Ins
  Candidate Green 4,747 0.18% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Constitution 3,760 0.14% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Write-in; (America's Independent) 103 0.00% former Ambassador Alan L. Keyes
FEC P60003076: $481,991
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 17 0.00% Donald Kenneth Allen
FEC P80003528: $48,459
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 12 0.00% Blaine Taylor
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Party USA) 10 0.00% Brian Patrick Moore
FEC P80005275: $9,516
  Candidate Write-in 8 0.00% Joseph Charles "Average Joe" Schriner
FEC P00003962: $17,270
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 4 0.00% Lynne Anne Starr
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 2 0.00% RaeDeen Heupel
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 2 0.00% Frank Moore
Vice President: Susan Block
  Candidate Write-in 1 0.00% Jose Miguel Aparicio
FEC P80004849: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 1 0.00% Theodis "Ted" Brown, Sr.
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 1 0.00% Ronald G. "Ron" Hobbs
Vice President: Tom Spruill
  Candidate Write-in 1 0.00% Charles Jay
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 0 0.00% Lawson Mitchell Bone
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% James Dennis Criveau
  Candidate Write-in; (Nonpartisan) 0 0.00% Keith Russell Judd
FEC P60003530: $532,837
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% Monroe Lee
FEC P80003734: $625
  Candidate Write-in 0 0.00% David Jon Sponheim
America's Third Party (formerly Cool Rock Party).
Vice President: Marshal Tanchuck
Total 2,631,596 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Democratic Senator Benjamin L. "Ben" Cardin
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 3 Democratic Senator Barbara A. Mikulski
First elected: 1986; re-elected: 1992, 1998, 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley
First elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
  Candidate Republican     Mike Pappas

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Elected on same ticket with the Governor. No separate Primary for Lt Gov from Gov

  Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Republican (1 Lost / No longer running, 1 Renominated);
6 Democratic (6 Renominated)

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Lost
Republican Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Lost Primary / No Longer Running - Defeated in 12 February Primary
 Polls: Toss-up - Democratic Frank Michael Kratovil, Jr. vs. Republican state Senator Andrew P. "Andy" Harris
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 177,065 49.12% Frank Michael Kratovil, Jr.
FEC H8MD01086: $2,011,387
  Candidate Republican 174,213 48.33% state Senator Andrew P. "Andy" Harris
FEC H8MD01094: $3,088,490
  Candidate Libertarian 8,873 2.46% Richard James Davis
FEC H8MD01169: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 329 0.09% Other Write-Ins
Total 360,480 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
  Elected Democratic 198,578 71.86% Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
FEC H2MD02160: $1,030,869
  Candidate Republican 68,561 24.81% Richard Pryce Matthews
FEC H8MD02084: $11,028
  Candidate Libertarian 8,786 3.18% Lorenzo Gaztanaga
FEC H8MD02092: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 408 0.15% Other Write-Ins
Total 276,333 100.00%  

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman John Peter Spyros Sarbanes
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman John Peter Spyros Sarbanes
  Elected Democratic 203,711 69.66% Congressman John Peter Spyros Sarbanes
FEC H6MD03292: $1,012,936
  Candidate Republican 87,971 30.08% Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris
FEC H8MD03082: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 766 0.26% Other Write-Ins
Total 292,448 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Donna Fern Edwards
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
elected in a Special Election, 17 June 2008, held to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Congressman Albert Wynn, effective 1 June 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Donna Fern Edwards
  Elected Democratic 258,704 85.83% Congressman Donna Fern Edwards
FEC H6MD04183: $1,457,357
  Candidate Republican 38,739 12.85% Peter James
FEC H8MD04163: $23,564
  Candidate Libertarian 3,384 1.12% Thibeaux Lincecum
FEC H8MD04189: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 453 0.15% Other Write-Ins
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 75 0.02% Steve Schulin
FEC H8MD04205: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 48 0.02% Robert "Bobby" Broadus
Ran for but lost the 12 February 2008 Republican Primary.

FEC H8MD04155: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 28 0.01% Darryn O'Shea Jackson, Sr.
FEC H8MD04197: Financial report not available
Total 301,431 100.00%  
 

Congressman Albert R. Wynn, Democrat - Maryland CD 4 officially resigned on 31 May 2008 effective 1 June 2008. The Congressman had announced his resignation on 27 March 2008 after loosing his bid for renomination in the Maryland 12 February 2008 primary. Mr. Wynn will become a partner in the Washington law firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Governor Martin O'Malley has called a Special Election for Tuesday 17 June 2008 to fill this vacant seat.


CD 4
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Seat up for election
Special Election
Democratic
Seat up for election: Tuesday 17 June 2008
Special Election - On 18 April 2008, Governor Martin O'Malley called special election to fill this seat.
  Elected Democratic 16,481 80.54% Donna Fern Edwards
FEC H6MD04183: $1,457,357
  Candidate Republican 3,638 17.78% Peter James
FEC H8MD04163: $23,564
  Candidate Libertarian 216 1.06% Thibeaux Lincecum
FEC H8MD04189: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 111 0.54% Other Write-Ins
  Candidate Unaffiliated 15 0.07% Steve Schulin
FEC H8MD04205: Financial report not available
  Candidate Unaffiliated 1 0.00% Adrian Petrus
Total 20,462 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Steny Hamilton Hoyer
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Steny Hamilton Hoyer
  Elected Democratic 253,854 73.65% Congressman Steny Hamilton Hoyer
FEC H2MD05155: $3,677,188
  Candidate Republican 82,631 23.97% Collins Andrew Bailey
FEC H8MD05087: $26,870
  Candidate Libertarian 7,829 2.27% Darlene H. Nicholas
FEC H8MD05111: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 377 0.11% Other Write-Ins
Total 344,691 100.00%  

CD 6
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, Jr.
  Elected Republican 190,926 57.76% Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, Jr.
FEC H2MD06054: $323,051
  Candidate Democratic 128,207 38.79% Jennifer P. Dougherty
FEC H8MD06069: $172,862
  Candidate Libertarian 11,060 3.35% Gary William Hoover, Sr.
FEC H8MD06127: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 342 0.10% Other Write-Ins
Total 330,535 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: in Special Election, 16 April 1996, re: resignation of Congressman Kweisi Mfume, 18 February 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
  Elected Democratic 227,379 79.50% Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
FEC H6MD07160: $951,855
  Candidate Republican 53,147 18.58% Michael Thomas Hargadon
FEC H8MD07059: $23,703
  Candidate Libertarian 5,214 1.82% Ronald M. Owens-Bey
FEC H8MD07067: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 259 0.09% Other Write-Ins
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican; Independent) 13 0.00% Ray Bly
Ran for but lost the 12 February 2008 Republican Primary

FEC H8MD07042: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 8 0.00% Charles Ulysses Smith
Ran for but lost the 12 February 2008 Democratic Primary.

FEC H0MD07056: Financial report not available
Total 286,020 100.00%  

CD 8
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 12 February 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr.
  Elected Democratic 229,740 75.07% Congressman Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr.
FEC H2MD08126: $2,375,319
  Candidate Republican 66,351 21.68% Steven James "Steve" Hudson
FEC H8MD08156: $60,608
  Candidate Green 6,828 2.23% Gordon Scott Clark
FEC H8MD08198: $36,541
  Candidate Libertarian 2,562 0.84% Ian Thomas
FEC H8MD08206: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 317 0.10% Other Write-Ins
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 188 0.06% Deborah A. Vollmer
Ran for but lost the 12 February 2008 Democratic Primary.

FEC H8MD08149: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 28 0.01% Lih Young
Ran for but lost the 12 February 2008 Democratic Primary

FEC H6MD08366: Financial report not available
Total 306,014 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Attorney General Douglas F. "Doug" Gansler
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Comptroller  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 13 incumbents, 15 candidates
  Republican: 2 incumbents, 13 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian: 9 candidates
Other Third Parties
  America's Independent (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Socialist Party USA: 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 9 candidates
  Nonpartisan: 1 candidate
  Unaffiliated: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 10 candidates
  Write-in: 24 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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