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Maryland's 3rd Congressional District

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Maryland's 3rd Congressional District
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Current incumbentJohn Sarbanes Democratic Party
Population721,896
Gender48.1% Male, 51.9% Female
Race65.8% White, 20.9% Black, 7.7% Asian, 0.2% Native American
Ethnicity6.8% Hispanic
Unemployment7.6%
Median household income$73,053
High school graduation rate90.4%
College graduation rate44.7%
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
The 3rd Congressional District of Maryland is a congressional district in Maryland.

The district winds through parts of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard and Baltimore counties.[1]

On March 30, 2012, the 3rd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting.[2]

The current representative of the 3rd Congressional District is John Sarbanes (D).

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

The 3rd Congressional District of Maryland will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Maryland's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent John Sarbanes (D) won re-election. He defeated Eric Delano Knowles (R) and Paul Drgos, Jr. (L) in the general election.[3]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes Incumbent 66.8% 213,747
     Republican Eric Delano Knowles 29.6% 94,549
     Libertarian Paul Drgos, Jr. 3.4% 11,028
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.2% 535
Total Votes 319,859
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

2010
On November 2, 2010, John Sarbanes won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Wilhelm (R), Jerry McKinley (L) and Alain Lareau (Constitution) in the general election.[4]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes incumbent 61.1% 147,448
     Republican Jim Wilhelm 36% 86,947
     Libertarian Jerry McKinley 2.2% 5,212
     Constitution Alain Lareau 0.7% 1,634
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 188
Total Votes 241,429

2008
On November 4, 2008, John Sarbanes won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris (R) in the general election.[5]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes incumbent 69.8% 203,711
     Republican Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris 30.1% 87,971
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 166
Total Votes 291,848

2006
On November 7, 2006, John Sarbanes won election to the United States House. He defeated John White (R) and Charles Curtis McPeek, Sr. (L) in the general election.[6]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sarbanes 64% 150,142
     Republican John White 33.8% 79,174
     Libertarian Charles Curtis McPeek, Sr. 2.1% 4,941
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 229
Total Votes 234,486

2004
On November 2, 2004, Ben Cardin won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Robert P. Duckworth (R) and Patsy Allen (Green) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin incumbent 63.4% 182,066
     Republican Robert P. Duckworth 33.8% 97,008
     Green Patsy Allen 2.8% 7,895
Total Votes 286,969

2002
On November 5, 2002, Ben Cardin won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Scott Conwell (R) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin incumbent 65.8% 145,589
     Republican Scott Conwell 34.2% 75,575
Total Votes 221,164

2000
On November 7, 2000, Ben Cardin won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Colin Harby (R) and Joe Pomykala (L) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Maryland District 3 General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin incumbent 75.7% 169,347
     Republican Colin Harby 24% 53,827
     Libertarian Joe Pomykala 0.1% 238
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 406
Total Votes 223,818

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Maryland

2010-2011

This is the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland after the 2001 redistricting process.

In 2011, the Maryland State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.

According to Azavea, a geographic information systems firm in Philadelphia calculating the compactness of congressional districts across the country, Maryland's new congressional districts are among the least compact and most gerrymandered in the nation.[10] A December 2011 report cited Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, represented by John Sarbanes​, as the least compact.[10] Maryland’s odd geography, split by the Chesapeake Bay and its major tributaries may contribute to the poor scores.[11] However, the mapping of the districts does not follow every nook and cranny of the bay’s inlets.[11]

On March 30, 2012, the 3rd District was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts due to redistricting.[2]

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