Election Day results

Nov. 6, 2002, midnight | By Nora Toiv | 21 years ago

Election Day proved very exciting and eventful for Maryland with Republican Bob Ehrlich winning the governors race and Democrat Chris Van Hollen winning the Congressional 8th district.

Ehrlich is the first Republican governor in Maryland since Spiro Agnew. Van Hollen ran a tough race and defeated incumbent Connie Morella with around 52% of the vote, according to the Gazette.

The Republicans now control all three branches of the government. Some attribute this to September 11th and President Bush's popularity. The count as of now (there are still some undecided races), is 226 Republicans and 204 Democrats in the House, 51 Republicans and 46 Democrats in the Senate, and 26 Republican governors and 19 Democrat governors.

Bush and former President Clinton both stumped for candidates all over the country. In Maryland Clinton campaigned for Townsend and Van Hollen on numerous occasions and Bush appeared with Ehrlich and Morella, as well. Van Hollen thanked his supporters with an email citing the Democrat's losses in most of the country but saying that will make him fight even harder for District 8. "Congresswoman Morella has always represented our district's interests well, but I hope to raise the bar even further."

According to CNN, in Montgomery County, Doug Duncan was easily reelected County Executive. Ida Ruben, Peter Franchot, Sheila Hixson, and Garetth Murray were elected state delegates for District 20, and Tom Perez was elected for county council from District 5. All of these candidates are Democrats.

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