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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Maryland

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November 6 Election Winner:
Ben Cardin Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ben Cardin Democratic Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Maryland elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

Incumbent Ben Cardin (D) won re-election to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012, winning with 55% of the vote.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 11, 2012
April 3, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Maryland has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 13. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election filled the Class 1 Senate seat, which was held by Ben Cardin (D). First elected in 2006, Cardin ran for re-election in 2012 and won.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Ben CardinGreen check mark transparent.png
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


April 3, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Third party candidates

Note: Eric Wargotz originally indicated interest in running, but eventually announced that he would not run.[12]

Election results

U.S. Senate, Maryland General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin Incumbent 56% 1,474,028
     Republican Dan Bongino 26.3% 693,291
     Libertarian Dean Ahmad 1.2% 32,252
     Independent Rob Sobhani 16.4% 430,934
     Democratic Lih Young (Write-in) 0% 163
     Republican Mary Podlesak (Write-in) 0% 21
     Independent Brandy Baker 0% 151
     Independent Ed Tinus 0% 48
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 2,346
Total Votes 2,633,234
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "U.S. Senator"
U.S. Senate, Maryland Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin Incumbent 74.2% 240,704
Raymond Blagmon 1.8% 5,909
C. Anthony Muse 15.7% 50,807
J.P. Cusick 1.5% 4,778
Christopher Garner 2.9% 9,274
Ralph Jaffe 1% 3,313
Blaine Taylor 1.3% 4,376
Ed Tinus 0.3% 1,064
Lih Young 1.2% 3,993
Total Votes 324,218
U.S. Senate, Maryland Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel John Bongino 33.6% 68,597
Joseph Alexander 8.9% 18,171
Robert "BRO" Broadus 5.4% 11,020
William Thomas Capps, Jr. 3.5% 7,092
Richard J. Douglas 28.3% 57,776
Rick Hoover 5.3% 10,787
David Jones 4.1% 8,380
John B. Kimble 5.1% 10,506
Brian Vaeth 1.9% 3,781
Corrogan R. Vaughn 4% 8,158
Total Votes 204,268

Race background

Ben Cardin was endorsed by the organization Progressive Maryland in his race for re-election.[13] He has also been endorsed by President Barack Obama, Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Kweisi Mfume, a former congressman and former head of the NAACP.[14]

U.S. Senator from Utah, Mike Lee,[15] representative from Illinois' 8th Congressional District Joe Walsh,[16] Harford County Executive David R. Craig,[17] and Blaine Young, President of the Frederick County Commissioners,[18] have all endorsed Dan Bongino for Maryland's Senate Seat. Candidate Richard Douglas has obtained support from former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.[19] and John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.[20]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations:[21]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Maryland Senate
Month Rating
November 1, 2012[22]     
October 4, 2012[23]     
September 13, 2012[24]     
August 21, 2012[25]     
July 12, 2012[26]     
May 31, 2012[27]     
May 10, 2012[28]     
March 22, 2012[29]     
March 1, 2012[30]     
January 26, 2012[31]     
December 22, 2011[32]     
December 1, 2011[33]     

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin (2012)[34] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[35]March 22, 2012$2,664,270.44$598,679.60$(1,358,169.21)$1,904,780.83
April Quarterly[36]April 13, 2012$1,904,780.83$310,565.56$(102,844.12)$2,112,502.27
July Quarterly[37]July 13, 2012$2,112,502.27$521,478.88$(512,382.30)$2,121,598.85
Running totals
$1,430,724.04$(1,973,395.63)

Dan Bongino

Dan Bongino (2012)[38] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[39]March 20, 2012$14,779.72$57,944.88$(56,814.88)$15,909.72
April Quarterly[40]April 13, 2012$15,909.72$77,668.99$(64,211.37)$29,367.34
July Quarterly[41]July 13, 2012$29,367.34$207,004.29$(134,652.40)$101,719.23
Running totals
$342,618.16$(255,678.65)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Barbara Mikulski won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Eric Wargotz (R), Richard Shawver (Constitution), Kenniss Henry (Green), Claud L. Ashbury (R, Write-In), Donald Kaplan (I), James T. Lynch, Jr. (D, Write-In), Lih Young (I), Denise L. Whittington (I), Robert J. Evans (I) and Mary Catherine Podlesak (R, Write-In) in the general election.[42]

U.S. Senate, Maryland General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Mikulski Incumbent 62.2% 1,140,531
     Republican Eric Wargotz 35.8% 655,666
     Constitution Richard Shawver 0.8% 14,746
     Green Kenniss Henry 1.1% 20,717
     Republican, Write-In Claud L. Ashbury 0% 204
     Independent Write-In 0.1% 1,644
     Independent Donald Kaplan 0% 110
     Democratic, Write-In James T. Lynch, Jr. 0% 84
     Independent Lih Young 0% 80
     Independent Denise L. Whittington 0% 56
     Independent Robert J. Evans 0% 14
     Republican, Write-In Mary Catherine Podlesak 0% 6
Total Votes 1,833,858

2006

On November 7, 2006, Ben Cardin won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Michael S. Steele (R), Kevin Zeese (G) and Lih Young (D, Write-In) in the general election.[43]

U.S. Senate, Maryland General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Cardin 54.2% 965,477
     Republican Michael S. Steele 44.2% 787,182
     Green Kevin Zeese 1.5% 27,564
     Democratic, Write-In Lih Young 0% 120
     Independent Write-In 0% 796
Total Votes 1,781,139

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  2. Maryland State Board of Elections, " 2012 Presidential Election Calendar," accessed July 25, 2012
  3. ABC 2 News, "Senator Ben Cardin will announce his re-election campaign this weekend," accessed January 5, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Maryland State Board of Elections, "Primary Election Results 2012" accessed April 3, 2012
  5. Washington Times, "In Virginia, Kaine, Allen in dead heat for Senate," accessed January 5, 2012
  6. Washington Post, "Md. state Sen. Anthony Muse enters U.S. Senate race against Cardin" accessed February 18, 2012
  7. Official Campaign Site, "J.P. Cusick for Congress," accessed February 18, 2012
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 City Biz List, "Eighteen Challengers Vie for Cardin's Senate Seat," accessed February 18, 2012
  9. Fox News Insider, "Dan Bongino," accessed January 5, 2012
  10. Red State, "2012 Candidate Interview: William Capps," accessed January 5, 2012
  11. Rick Hoover campaign website Accessed January 5, 2012
  12. Washington Post, "Eric Wargotz decides against Cardin challenge," accessed February 18, 2012
  13. Hometown Annapolis, "Political Notes: Maryland gets C+ on transparency" accessed March 26, 2012
  14. Associated Press, "Sen. Benjamin Cardin wins Democratic primary" washingtonpost.com Accessed April 3, 2012
  15. Dan Bongino for Senate, "U.S. Senator Mike Lee Endorses Daniel Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  16. Dan Bongino for Senate, "Congressman Joe Walsh Endorses Dan Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  17. Dan Bongino for Senate, "Harford County Executive David R. Craig Endorses U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  18. Dan Bongino for Senate, "President of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, Blaine Young, Endorses Dan Bongino" accessed March 23, 2012
  19. Baltimore Sun, "Maryland Senate election guide 2012" accessed March 26, 2012
  20. Baltimore Sun, "John Bolton says Md. is "winnable" for GOP" accessed March 26, 2012
  21. Cook Political Report, "Our Accuracy," accessed December 12, 2011
  22. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," November 1, 2012
  23. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," October 4, 2012
  24. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," September 13, 2012
  25. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," August 21, 2012
  26. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  27. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  28. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  29. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  30. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  31. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  32. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  33. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  34. FEC Reports, "Ben Cardin Summary Reports" accessed August 20, 2012
  35. FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed August 20, 2012
  36. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  37. FEC Reports, "July Quarterly " accessed August 20, 2012
  38. FEC Reports, "Dan Bongino Summary Reports" accessed August 20, 2012
  39. FEC Reports, "Pre-Primary" accessed August 20, 2012
  40. FEC Reports, "April Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  41. FEC Reports, "July Quarterly" accessed August 20, 2012
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" accessed October 25, 2011
  43. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006" accessed October 29, 2011