Elections

In 2014, Maryland voters had several big choices to make. There were statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller. Several county executive seats were in play. Every seat in the state legislature was on the ballot, as were Maryland’s eight congressional seats. Maryland's two U.S. Senators, however, got a break; neither was up for re-election.

The general election was November 4. Below are stories and interviews related to the 2014 election.

To register to vote in future elections, go here. Find your polling place here.

WYPR surveyed the primary candidates back in the spring, before the primary. Read that survey here.

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Elections
8:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The Unique Political Position Of Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D).

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:58 pm

Despite a strong Republican showing in last week's election, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot easily won his bid to retain his seat. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about Franchot's unique place in the state Democratic party.

WYPR News
9:58 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Why Jan Gardner Won Race For Frederick County Executive

Frederick County Executive-elect Jan Gardner.

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:42 am

Why Jan Gardner Won Race For Frederick County Executive

In their first election under charter government, voters in Frederick County rejected a conservative radio talk show host for county executive but gave the Democratic winner a majority Republican County Council. Cliff Cumber, the editorial page editor at the Frederick News Post, joins WYPR’s Joel McCord by phone to talk about the results.

WYPR News
9:57 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Hogan Promises Bipartisan Administration

Governor-elect Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference in Annapolis on Wednesday.

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:52 pm

Republican Larry Hogan will be Maryland’s next governor. Now he has just a few short months to organize a smooth hand-off from outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley.

At an Annapolis news conference Wednesday morning, Hogan said he’s turned his focus from the campaign to governing. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. Our state economy is in real trouble. We’ve focused on that for years and now we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work trying to turn our state around,” Hogan said.

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WYPR News
9:54 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Who Were The Other Big Winners In Maryland?

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 8:36 am

Was Larry Hogan the only upset?  Were there other Republican wins in Maryland this week? Andy Green, from Baltimore Sun's Editorial page, talks to Fraser about the other big winners in this week's general election. 

Elections
4:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

How Hogan Staged This Upset

Larry Hogan/ Anthony Brown

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:52 pm

Within days after last June’s primary, pollsters had written off Republican Larry Hogan in his race against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. But somehow, Hogan pulled off a stunning upset, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote for governor in one of the bluest states in the nation.

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Inside Maryland Politics
1:48 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Is Hogan Victory Part Of Anti-Obama Wave?

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R).

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:57 am

Republican Larry Hogan's upset over Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown stood out in a night of big victories by the GOP around the country. But Richard Cross of the blog Cross Purposes tells WYPR's Fraser Smith why he thinks Hogan's win is not part of the anti-Obama wave.

Elections
1:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Red Upset In Blue Maryland

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:57 pm

Larry Hogan was elected yesterday to become the state’s second Republican governor in a half century. It was a startling political upset that raised questions about Maryland’s image as a comfort zone for Democrats.

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WYPR News
5:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Marylanders Head To Polls With Large Dose Of Disaffection

Anthony Brown votes at St Josephs Catholic Church in Upper Marlboro.

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 5:45 pm

WYPR’s news staff fanned out throughout the state on this election day. Political reporters Christopher Connelly and Karen Hosler start our coverage with reports on the two men who hope to be the next governor.


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WYPR News
9:40 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Early Voters Change The Way Campaigns Do Business

Governor Votes Early at Baltimore, MD, by Jay Baker (mdgovpics) via flickr

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 3:54 pm

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WYPR News
9:58 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Ghost Of Sparrows Point Hovers Over A Hotly Contested Senate Race

Del. John "Johnny" Olszewski campaigning at the North Point Library in Dundalk, an early voting location.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:26 am

On a warm, sunny weekday morning, candidates for County Council and the State House were trolling for votes in the parking lot of the Dundalk early voting center. Republican State Senate candidate Johnny Ray Salling ran into voter Harry Hutchinson, who says his two sons had to leave the state to find work.

“Business is gone,” Hutchinson told Salling. “There’s no training here. There is absolutely no training here. Apprenticeships are gone. Everything’s gone."

Candidates always talk about jobs; finding them, keeping them. It can sound kind of stale after a while. But in Dundalk, it’s the real deal.

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