It was 7 for 7 as Maryland voters approved all statewide ballot questions, including expanded gambling, same-sex marriage and the so-called “Dream Act.”
Oh, yes, Obama also won – grabbing 57% of the statewide total and a whopping 87% in Baltimore city.
It was the state ballot issues that stoked the greatest voter interest – and those relentless television attack ads – in Maryland and Baltimore.
Results posted at 6:26 this morning by the Maryland Board of Elections show the following with more than 99% of precincts reporting:
• 52.0% of Maryland voters approved a sixth casino, mostly likely located in National Harbor south of Washington, D.C., and expanded table games for already operating or authorized casinos, including in Baltimore (Question 7).
• 51.9% supported same-sex civil marriage, with Maryland joining Maine that also approved the measure yesterday (Question 6).
• 58.3% approved in-state college tuition rates for some undocumented immigrants (Question 4), dubbed the “Dream Act” by supporters.
Audits and Other City Amendments Pass
In Baltimore, all 13 charter amendments were approved, all by a wide margin, with Question A ($34 million in new school construction) and Question M (requiring every-fourth-year audits of major city agencies) winning by the highest totals.
There were no surprises in Congressional races in the Baltimore area, with the electoral grip of the Democratic Party showing no sign of loosening.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin handily defeated both Daniel John Bongino, his Republican opponent, and the advertising bucks of independent S. Rob Sobhani.
U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger were returned to Congress with better than 65% of the votes cast in their districts.