Maryland 6/26 Primary: At a Glance


Every day, there are policies coming out of the White House that we dislike (or are abhorrent) that we must push back on. At the same time, if we don’t kick a lot of Republicans out of their seats in November, all of this can only get worse. With that, I must get back to my state-by-state election series.

Maryland has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, June 26. Here you’ll find resources for voters, a quick overview of politics in the state, plus a few key races with the names and websites for Democratic candidates. Use this information to make your own voting plan and/or share with friends in the state!

Maryland Voter Resources
Confirm your voter registration:
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting: June 14 – 21
Absentee voting info here

Maryland Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senators are up for re-election in 2018
• All 8 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +27 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (R)
>>> State Senate 33 (D) – 14 (R)
>>> State House of Delegates 91 (D) – 50 (R)

Key Races

The sitting governor, Larry Hogan (R), is seeking another term. The Democrats have a large field of candidates running in the primary; Baker and Jealous have been polling the highest. The Democratic candidates are:

Rushern Baker – website
Ralph Jaffe – no website
Ben Jealous – website
James Jonesno website
Rich Madaleno – website
Alec Ross – website
Jim Shea – website
Krishanti Vignarajah – website

The incumbent, Ben Cardin (D), is running for re-election. There is a large field of Democrats running in the primary, and the full list can be seen here.

Cook Political Report has not listed any of the 8 House races competitive. The Democrats currently have 7 seats, while the Republicans have 1. The full list of races and candidates can be seen here.

All 47 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. The Republicans can break the Democrats’ veto-proof majority if they flip 5 seats. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 141 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. The Republicans can break the Democrats’ veto-proof majority if they flip 7 seats. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Maryland Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Maryland Democrats.

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  1. Thank you for this series … you are doing a great public service!

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