Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Maryland Congressional Seats

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Maryland's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 8 1 (6th)

ANNAPOLIS: Maryland: Maryland has eight U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. All eight U.S. House incumbents face at least two challengers in the general election. The U.S. Senate seat's incumbent is facing seven challengers in the general election.

Currently, Democrats hold six Congressional seats with two held by the Republican Party. The Democratic Party holds both U.S. Senate seats -- one of which is up for election on November 6th.

In Maryland, all polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Ben Cardin (D) is running for re-election in 2012. He was first elected in 2006. He is facing seven challengers, but both the New York Times race ratings and the Cook Political Report race ratings list this race as Solid Democratic.[2][3] Cardin is expected to coast to re-election.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Maryland Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Ben Cardin
Democratic Party Lih Young (Write-in)
Republican Party Dan Bongino
Republican Party Mary Podlesak (Write-in)
Libertarian Party Dean Ahmad
Independent Brandy Baker
Independent Rob Sobhani
Independent Ed Tinus
Ben Cardin Pending Pending

U.S. House

Maryland's 6th Congressional District is considered to be Leaning Democratic according to the New York Times race ratings and Likely Democratic according to the Cook Political Report race ratings. Republican incumbent Roscoe Bartlett is challenged by John Delaney, in a district that has been redrawn via redistricting to be far more Democratic.[4][5]

Maryland's 6th District has been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[6]

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Maryland:

Members of the U.S. House from Maryland -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 7
     Republican Party 2 1
Total 8 8
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved October 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Maryland.


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