WASHINGTON — The polls have closed in Maryland where voters are waiting to find out who will be the state’s next U.S. Senator.
In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1, Democrat Chris Van Hollen is a lock to win the seat and succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who has represented the state in Congress since the 1970s.
Similarly, Hillary Clinton is likely to be win the state’s 10 electoral votes in the race for president.
Van Hollen faces state Del. Kathy Szeliga, a Republican from Perry Hill in Baltimore County, who has the support of popular Gov. Larry Hogan.
Van Hollen has represented the 8th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties, since 2002.
State Sen. Jamie Raskin and Dan Cox, a lawyer from Frederick County are funning to fill Van Hollen’s seat in Congress.
In Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is seeking to cement his political comeback with a win in the 4th District. He faces Republican George McDermott, a small-business man who has run for Congress multiple times.
Some scattered voting problems were reported in Maryland. Voters at Adelphi Elementary School in Prince George’s County had to wait for the correct ballots to be delivered to the precinct, where the wait was as long as an hour. Voters elsewhere in the state were given ballots that had already been marked. State officials called it “human error.”
Voters were also asked to decide local ballot issues and changes to county charters.
Prince George’s County voters were asked to expand the County Council and give current serving council members the chance to run for the two proposed at-large seats, exempting them from term limits. Voters were also asked to support borrowing money to cover the county’s portion of the Purple Line.
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