Democrat Marc Elrich fends off two challengers to win Montgomery’s county executive race

Democrat Marc Elrich rode a wave of progressive voters in Montgomery County on Tuesday to become county executive, sweeping past a moderate colleague who mounted an independent campaign to challenge him. While voters statewide rejected left-wing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous in favor of incumbent Larry Hogan (R), the state’s largest jurisdiction signaled it wanted a left-of-center leader at home. (Wash. Post)

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Angela Alsobrooks to become first woman to lead Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks on Tuesday became the first woman chosen by voters to lead Maryland’s second-largest county, in an election that also saw the expansion of the County Council to include two at-large members. Two incumbent members of the board of education were ousted by challengers, according to preliminary returns, after an intense campaign that reflected a rift on the board between establishment-backed members and a vocal dissident bloc. (Wash. Post)

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Bevins prevails, party balance of power on Baltimore County Council stays in Democrats' hands

Democrats will hold on to the party’s slim majority on the Baltimore County Council after all of the incumbents retained their seats in Tuesday’s general election. In the most competitive council race, Democratic Councilwoman Cathy Bevins survived a challenge from Republican Ryan Nawrocki to hang on to her seat representing residents in the northeastern part of the county. (Balt. Sun)

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November 6 // Time to vote: Politicians, nonprofits urge Marylanders to get to the polls no matter the weather

The Greater Baltimore Urban League is pledging free rides to the polls for hundreds of voters. The NAACP is asking each of its members to bring five people with them when they vote. And political campaigns for races large and small aren’t resting until the races are called Tuesday night. With thunderstorms in the forecast Tuesday, political and nonpartisan operations alike are in overdrive to get hundreds of thousands of Maryland voters to the polls. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats hope for House win, Republicans look to hold the Senate in a final day of campaigning — but nobody’s quite sure

Democrats were optimistic they would reclaim the U.S. House majority and Republicans remained cautiously hopeful about maintaining control of the Senate on Monday as candidates made final pleas to voters, neither side fully trusting their political barometers in the first national referendum on the volatile Trump presidency. The most expensive midterm elections in history, which in many states already have prompted turnout at nearly presidential election levels, will test whether Democrats energized by animosity toward President Trump can reclaim power and hobble him or whether Trump’s hard-line policies and harsh rhetoric will be re­affirmed by America’s voters. (Wash. Post)

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Acrimony in District 6 Race Escalates in Closing Days, Following Late Attack Ad From Trone

While it has never been far from the surface in recent months, the acrimonious side of the contest for the open District 6 congressional seat has erupted as Election Day approaches—with Democrat David Trone of Potomac running a 30-second spot in the Washington TV broadcast market slamming his Republican opponent on multiple fronts. “Meet Amie Hoeber, the self-proclaimed mother of the chemical weapons corps—where she referred to nerve gas as just insecticides developed for people,” the Trone ad opens by saying. (Bethesda)

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Dundalk gets attention from Olszewski, Redmer on final day of Baltimore County executive campaign

Early Monday morning, volunteers planted Republican campaign signs in the grass around the Boulevard Diner, a popular restaurant along Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk. Black signs for Gov. Larry Hogan alternated with bright yellow signs for Baltimore County executive candidate Al Redmer Jr. As the rain poured down, state Sen. Johnny Ray Salling led a small and soggy crew that waved signs at passing commuters, encouraging them to vote for the Republican candidates. Nine hours later, it was Democrats who took over the intersection, with county executive candidate Johnny Olszewski Jr. wrapping up the final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s general election with his own sign-waving entourage during the evening rush hour.  (Balt. Sun)

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Bette Midler wants you to vote in Maryland governor's race ... for Alec Ross

There’s still at least one person who thinks Alec Ross has a chance to beat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in Tuesday’s election. That person is Bette Midler. With one day left before election day, Midler, the actor and singer beloved by millennials for her role in “Hocus Pocus,” posted a tweetstorm urging her more than 1 million followers to vote Democrat in various races for congress and for governor. Midler’s list of candidates included Gavin Newsom for California, Andrew Gillum for Florida and Alec Ross for Maryland — despite the fact that Ben Jealous, not Ross, is the Democratic candidate for governor here. (Balt. Sun)

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