I’ve started on an analysis of last night’s results, but it’s going to take some time to get my thoughts in order. So here’s some random thoughts.
Congratulations to the winners: Chris Van Hollen, Jamie Raskin and Anthony Brown. Lots of friends with all of those campaigns, congratulations to each and every one of them. Nik Sushka put her heart and soul into the Raskin campaign – as a campaigner, she has one speed, passionate and 100%. Happy for her and so many others. And Marshall Cohen did a great job navigating through an extraordinarily difficult campaign that shifted on its axis one day back in early February with the entry of the $12 million man, David Trone. Props to the Raskin campaign for that.
A special shoutout to Joseline Pena-Melnyk in CD4 – while she didn’t win, she proved all the doubters wrong and ran a campaign to be proud of. We haven’t heard the last of Joseline, and that’s a great thing.
The establishment won: Senate President Mike Miller bet correctly on all three marquee federal races. After the debacle of the governor’s race in 2014, Miller is back in the saddle again at age 74. He ruled the Senate forcefully in 2016, and we can expect that to continue into the future.
Hillary Clinton absolutely cleaned up in the presidential primary. That race is over. Sanders may continue, and that’s his right, but Clinton is the Democratic nominee.
As is Donald Trump for the Republicans. Just typing those words makes my skin crawl, but there it is.
Catherine Pugh will be the next mayor of Baltimore. Kudos to good friends Kevin Gillogly and Mark McLaurin for being big parts of that effort.
Another good friend, Shannon Sneed, romped to victory to earn a District 13 city council seat. Can’t wait to see her in office, she will be an enormous asset to the City.
Chris Van Hollen. The most gifted campaigner I’ve ever known, not to mention a policy wonk of the highest order. Could not be more pleased that he won. He will rise far and rise fast in the Senate. And I got to meet and become friends with so many people, like Yvette Lewis, Mollie Byron and a host of others. As well as old friends like Joan Kleinman, Karen McManus and the rest of the Van Hollen team.
On the flip side, Maryland’s congressional delegation is now all-male. Emily’s List had a terrible night in Maryland other than Hillary Clinton.
Not a good night at all: Kathleen Matthews, Glenn Ivey, Donna Edwards, Sheila Dixon.
And one teeny tiny little look forward, the first of many soon to come:
Whither David Trone? He outperformed late expectations hugely on Election Day and it appears that he also vastly broadened the electorate, something everyone talks about but nobody has really been able to do in recent years. Does he run again for office? Which one?
I’ll have more later today, including a one stop shopping list of key results from around the state. And as more detailed data becomes available, I’ll be looking at it for clues not just to who won, but how and why. Stick around.