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Montgomery County General Election Live Blog: Voter Turnout in Montgomery County Increases Dramatically

The latest updates on Tuesday's general election

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11:42 p.m.: Official turnout statistics will not be available from the State Board of Elections for a few days.  But a comparison of early votes and election day votes between 2014 and 2018 shows MoCo turnout has increased dramatically.  With 253 of 255 precincts counted, combined early and election day votes were up 44 percent in the race for governor, 45 percent in the races for comptroller and attorney general and 47 percent in the race for county executive.  The table below illustrates the breakdown.

11:11 p.m.: At Trone’s watch party in the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, U.S. Rep. John Delaney congratulates Trone on winning the 6th District congressional seat, which Delaney is vacating to run for president. With 90 percent of the vote reported, Trone had a 56 percent to 41 percent lead over Republican Amie Hoeber.

10:55 p.m.: Governor Larry Hogan is doing much better in MoCo than he did four years ago.  In 2014, Hogan received 29 percent of early votes in MoCo.  This year, Hogan received 40 percent of early votes.  In 2014, Hogan received 38 percent of election day votes.  This year, Hogan has received 47 percent of election day votes so far.  Hogan is currently leading Ben Jealous by 16 points statewide with 71 percent of precincts reporting.  His improved performance in MoCo is part of that story.

10:51 p.m.: Here are preliminary results on key races in Montgomery County.  These figures include early votes and 203 of 255 precincts. For more results, check here.

Governor: Ben Jealous (D) 54.9 percent, Larry Hogan (R) 44.1 percent

Congress District 6: David Trone (D) 72.7 percent, Amie Hoeber (R) 24.7 percent.  Note: these figures cover only the MoCo portion of the district.

County Executive: Marc Elrich (D) 64.6 percent, Nancy Floreen (I) 19.4 percent, Robin Ficker (R) 15.8 percent

County Council District 2: Craig Rice (D) 72.3 percent, Ed Amatetti (R) 27.6 percent

Board of Education At-Large: Karla Silvestre 51.4 percent, Julie Reiley 47.8 percent

Board of Education District 1: Judy Docca 50.7 percent, Maria Blaeuer 48.5 percent

Board of Education District 3: Pat O’Neill 63.2 percent, Lynn Amano 36.1 percent

The Democrats are dominating all the other races.

10:45 p.m.: Nancy Floreen, independent candidate for county executive, conceded to Democrat Marc Elrich. In her speech, she acknowledged that Elrich had the “clear majority.”

“I wish Mr. Elrich the best, I wish him well. And I wish Montgomery County the best. This has been a great campaign, and I want to thank again all of you who have contributed to making this a great experience for so many residents to engage and to make our community better. So thank you very much, and let’s go forward!”

 

10:27 p.m.: Here are preliminary results on key races in Montgomery County.  These figures include early votes and 132 of 255 precincts.

Governor: Ben Jealous (D) 55.5 percent, Larry Hogan (R) 43.5 percent

Congress District 6: David Trone (D) 73.0 percent, Amie Hoeber (R) 24.4 percent.  Note: these figures cover only the MoCo portion of the district.

County Executive: Marc Elrich (D) 65.0 percent, Nancy Floreen (I) 19.9 percent, Robin Ficker (R) 15.0 percent

County Council District 2: Craig Rice (D) 72.7 percent, Ed Amatetti (R) 27.1 percent

Board of Education At-Large: Karla Silvestre 51.5 percent, Julie Reiley 47.7 percent

Board of Education District 1: Judy Docca 51.2 percent, Maria Blaeuer 48.1 percent

Board of Education District 3: Pat O’Neill 63.4 percent, Lynn Amano 35.9 percent

The Democrats are dominating all the other races.

10:20 p.m.: With about two-thirds of the precincts reporting, Democrat David Trone is leading Amie Hoeber by 56-41 percent for the open 6th Congressional District seat.

At the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, Trone supporters gathered as they waited for the results. Cate Jackson said she was introduced to Trone through her roommate, who works for his campaign. “He just draws you in,” she said. “I feel like his platform comes from a personal place, rather than the typical Washington political atmosphere.”

Jackson’s roommate, Lucas Rouge, who recently moved to Montgomery County from New York, said “Trone stops to talk with us and remembers our names every time he sees us. He was my introduction to the local political scene and I’m excited to see him go further.”

10:13 p.m.: As election results finally began to trickle in, Montgomery County executive candidate Nancy Floreen spoke to her supporters gathered at Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro in Rockville as some began to depart because of the late hour.

“What we understand is that it’s going to be quite some time until we see any real numbers … not everyone can stick around,” she said. “This has been an incredible effort. Did you know that we had over 700 volunteers. This campaign has taken 120 days. In that 120 days do you know we collected over 20,000 signatures? We have raised about S930,000. We have had an outpouring of support from every corner of Montgomery County. I am so humbled. We’ll see how the numbers turn out tonight but just know that we have made history.  … Thank you very much and stay tuned.” .

9:46 p.m.: Independent U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon conceded defeat Tuesday night and told supporters in Rockville that “We didn’t win this time. But real change can be like chipping at a dam. You keep knocking down pieces and eventually the river flows through.”

Simon, a Potomac businessman, ran his campaign on a message of overcoming partisan differences. After media outlets called the race for incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin, Simon said “tens of thousands of people in Maryland voted with us and said that they, too, share our vision. However, we fell short, and we are united with Sen. Cardin and wish him well in the spirit of putting people over politics on his new term in the Senate.”

9:43 p.m.: As supporters of Marc Elrich, the Democratic candidate for Montgomery County executive, packed the main hall at the Silver Spring Civic Center, they took a few moments to reflect on the candidate. As of 9:30 p.m., Elrich was leading in some early unofficial polls.

Victoria Leonard said she appreciated Elrich’s “balanced view” on economic development. “He’s well rounded in his views,” she said. Leonard is the local political director for the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), which has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to a super PAC supporting Elrich.

Robin Schoen, wearing a sticker that said “not Ficker” in reference to the Republican candidate Robin Ficker, said Elrich was someone “who would look out for the county’s interests.”

Supporter Jean Cavanaugh said she thought Elrich’s campaign had more resources than the campaign of independent opponent Nancy Floreen. “I saw those [Elrich] signs everywhere. He had more supporters than Nancy Floreen. The campaign almost had too many volunteers,” she said.

Elrich greeted the crowd briefly around 9 p.m. and said he would return later.

9:37 p.m.: While we wait on the State Board of Elections to release early voting results, early voting turnout suggests large overall turnout in MoCo.  In this year’s general election, 113,315 people voted early in MoCo.  That’s a 220 percent increase from the 2014 general election, in which 35,444 people voted early.  The number of eligible voters has only increased by 3 percent over those four years.  Put another way, this year’s early vote turnout is already 42 percent of 2014’s TOTAL turnout, a very big number considering that early vote’s percentage of total vote is usually in the teens or low 20s.

9:28 p.m.: As of 8:45 p.m., there were still voters in line in Baltimore, Charles and Prince George’s counties waiting to vote, State Board of Elections administrator Linda Lamone told the Baltimore Sun. She said the board would not release results until all voting was complete, and had asked counties to hold back releasing them as well—although some counties apparently have released results.

9:18 p.m.:  Montgomery County executive candidate Nancy Floreen’s  volunteers and supporters packed Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro in Rockville, as the candidate arrived just a few minutes before 9 p.m.

Credit: Leigh McDonald

9:13 p.m.: Despite very few precincts reporting throughout the state, the Associated Press has called the Maryland governor’s race in favor of incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

9 p.m.: Hundreds of people are waiting to vote at a polling place in Prince George’s County. Authorities ordered 1,500 extra ballots for at least one location that ran out of ballots.

8:46 p.m.: The polls in Maryland were scheduled to close at 8 p.m., but early voting results have not yet been posted on the State Board of Elections site—apparently because the polls are still open in several locations in Prince George’s County, where elections officials ran out of ballots. The State Board of Elections says it will not release results until all polls have closed.

8:45 p.m.: With 0.4 percent of precincts reporting, Democratic Governor candidate Ben Jealous leads incumbent Larry Hogan by more than 20,000 votes in Montgomery County, according to the Washington Post.
Statewide, Jealous holds a slim margin with 50.2 percent of votes with 1.7 percent of precincts reporting.

8:30 p.m.: At-Large County Council candidates Evan Glass, Hans Riemer, Will Jawando and Gabe  Albornoz await results at All Set, a restaurant in downtown Silver Spring.

Evan Glass, left, and Hans Riemer talk with a supporter. Credit: Brendan Daly
Will Jawando, center, talks with supporters. Credit: Brendan Daly

8:25 p.m. – Unofficial results from early voting are in and Democratic candidate for Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich leads by a wide margin.

According to WAMU reporters, Elrich received 75,083 early votes, for 68.02 percent, followed by Independent candidate Nancy Floreen with 22,030 votes. Republican Robin Ficker tallied 13,168 early votes, according to reports.

8:10 p.m.: The Baltimore Sun has called the Maryland U.S. Senate race for incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin. Potomac businessman Neal Simon’s independent bid to defeat Cardin was not successful.

7:50 p.m.: Lines to vote in Silver Spring were still reported to be long at 7 p.m., an hour before polls closed in Montgomery County, according to a tweet from Caitlin Stein Locke.

7:55 p.m. – Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker reported long lines waiting several hours to vote into the evening hours Tuesday at the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center in Burtonsville. Lines snaked down long hallways and out the front doors.

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