Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Maryland Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|Maryland's Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
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.
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. Cardin is expected to coast to re-election.
|State||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|Maryland Class 1 Senate seat|| Ben Cardin
Lih Young (Write-in)
Mary Podlesak (Write-in)
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.
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.
Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Maryland:
- Candidates running by District
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| John LaFerla (Write-in)
Douglas Dryden Rae (Write-in)
|2nd|| Dutch Ruppersberger
Ray Bly (Write-in)
|3rd|| John Sarbanes
Eric Delano Knowles
Paul Drgos, Jr.
|4th|| Donna Edwards
|5th|| Steny Hoyer
|6th|| John Delaney
|7th|| Elijah Cummings
Ty Busch (Write-in)
Charles Smith (Write-in)
Frank Mirabile, Jr.
|8th|| Chris Van Hollen
|Chris Van Hollen||Pending||Pending|
|Members of the U.S. House from Maryland -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
| Congressional Redistricting Map, approved October 2011
For more information, view Redistricting in Maryland.
- Ballotpedia:2012 general election preview articles
- November 6, 2012 election results
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Maryland, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Maryland, 2012
- Maryland's 1st congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 4th congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 5th congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 6th congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 7th congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland's 8th congressional district elections, 2012
- Maryland elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections
- Maryland Elections "Election Day Questions"
- The New York Times "Battle for the Senate," Accessed October 25, 2012
- Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR OCTOBER 4, 2012," Accessed October 25, 2012
- New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed October 25, 2012
- Cook Political Report "2012 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR OCTOBER 11, 2012," Accessed October 25, 2012
- DCCC, "Red to Blue 2012"