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2018 Elections

Unpacking the 2018 Mid-Term Election

Nov 8, 2018
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Today, analysis of the 2018 mid-term election. With voter turnout up, what message are voters sending to leaders in Annapolis and Washington?  Joining us are Andy Green, Editorial Page Editor of The Baltimore Sunand Jayne Miller, who leads the investigative reporting team at WBAL TV. Watch the Facebook livestream of today's show here.  


MD Latino Voter Turnout

Nov 8, 2018
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Despite their growing numbers in the U.S. population, Latino voters turn out in notoriously low numbers on Election Day. WYPR went looking for Latino voters at polls on Tuesday to see who showed up and who they voted for.

Rachel Baye

Maryland voters overwhelmingly backed a second term for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday, but at the same time they rejected several Republican candidates for state and local offices.

On Wednesday, state leaders reflected on what that means — or doesn’t mean — for the state.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Governor Larry Hogan easily won re-election Tuesday, the first Republican governor to do so since Theodore McKeldin in 1954.

As the polls predicted, Hogan won a blow-out victory, besting Democrat Ben Jealous by 16 points.

He took the stage at his victory party at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis in a room packed with more than a thousand family members, friends and supporters, jubilant that he had won again in a state with a two-to-one Democratic edge in voter registration.


Tom Hall and Mileah Kromer, the director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, discuss Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous' strategy to get a million votes and how economic issues played a role in voters' decision to support Jealous or incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan. 

Tom spoke with Mileah earlier this evening.

Rachel Baye

WYPR reporter Rachel Baye gives Tom Hall a rundown of voting problems around Maryland, including issues with accessibility, polls that opened late, long waits, and power outages. 

Tom spoke with Rachel earlier this evening. 



WYPR reporter Karen Hosler joins Tom to discuss the future of Maryland’s Congressional districts. Democrats have controlled the state's electoral map for the last 50 years, but if Republican Governor Larry Hogan is re-elected his administration may be responsible for outlining new Congressional districts.

Tom spoke with Karen earlier this evening. 


Tom Hall checks in with WYPR reporter John Lee, who is with the John Olszewski Jr. campaign tonight, about what the race for Baltimore County Executive means for the state of Maryland. A win for Olszewski could indicate that a blue wave is real, while a victory for Al Redmer, Jr. would signify a Republican stronghold. 

Tom spoke with John earlier this evening.

Mileah Kromer

Much of WYPR's reporting on statewide and local elections was live, but you can hear a few of Tom Hall's interviews below.

Mary Rose Madden

Maryland voters flocked to the polls Tuesday, despite the miserable weather, to cast ballots for governor, state representatives and a host of local officials.

But in some ways, the election was as much about national politics as it was local races.

The latest Maryland election news from NPR.

Credit (L) @MBCarozzaSenate/Twitter, (R) Joel McCord


With the polls opening Tuesday, Maryland Republicans are hoping to break Democrats’ veto-proof majority in the state Senate by flipping five seats — an effort Republican leaders have dubbed the “drive for five.”

They’re looking at two districts in Baltimore County, one in Frederick County and one on the lower Eastern Shore, where incumbent Senator Jim Mathias is locked in a tough race with first term Delegate Mary Beth Carozza.

Getting Latinos to the Polls

Nov 2, 2018
AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

This post has been updated.

It’s a windy autumn Saturday at the Bladensburg Festival del Rio, an annual event for environmental groups to entertain and educate Latinos about environmental issues.

There are tents set up with different activities for kids, a live band, and kayaking rides on the Anacostia. I’m here to ask Latinos voters how interested they are in the upcoming midterm election. Bayardo Lune, sits in the shade about to enjoy his lunch. He came to the US 20 years ago from Mexico and says he’s not sure if he’s going to vote on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Senate

Today, another installment in our series of Conversations with the Candidates.

Tom’s guest in Studio A is Sen. Ben Cardin.  Sen. Cardin has been a fixture in Maryland politics since 1967, when he was first elected to the House of Delegates.  He was Speaker of the House for eight years -- the youngest person in state history to hold that position.  He was elected to Congress in 1987, and twenty years later, he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Cardin is the Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.  He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Environment & Public Works and Finance committees.

We live-streamed this 30-minute conversation on WYPR's Facebook page.

Rachel Baye

As voters head to the polls starting Thursday for early voting, they will be asked to approve an amendment to the state constitution to allow citizens to register to vote on Election Day.

National Archives and Records Administration.

Russia interfered in  the 2016 presidential election. That’s the consensus of a long list of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the FBI. Now, the Director of National Intelligence is warning of foreign interference in this year’s election.

Adding to the possible risk is aging equipment, the lack of a paper trail in some states, and human error.

Is the election safe across the country? Joining  Tom are voting security experts Liz Howard, from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, and Kim Zetter, a journalist who has covered cybersecurity for more than a decade.  Then, Tom asks Maryland State Election Administrator Linda Lamone  what’s being done to secure the vote closer to home.

Olszewski and Redmer campaigns.

Today, we continue our series of Conversations with the Candidates with John Olszewski, Jr. and Al Redmer, Jr. who are running to be the next Baltimore County Executive. 

Redmer, a Republican, is a former delegate and the current Maryland Insurance Commissioner. Olszewski, a Democrat, is also a former delegate who taught in Baltimore County Schools. He’s currently working in the private sector.

Some of the issues that have dominated the discussion during the campaign include school overcrowding, universal Pre-K, affordable housing, development, public safety and addressing the opioid crisis. 

Today, the candidates will have a chance to share their ideas about the future of the state’s third largest jurisdiction. They join Tom in Studio A for a moderated discussion. 

This conversation was streamed live on WYPR's Facebook page. You can watch the video here.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th.  Early Voting begins Thursday, October 25th. 

An ad released this week by Gov. Larry Hogan’s campaign spends four minutes lauding the governor’s accomplishments on more than a dozen transportation projects.

Through a series of television news clips and video of press conferences, the ad describes how Hogan advanced efforts to widen I-270, the Capital Beltway, the Baltimore Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway; extended the I-95 North toll lanes; and lowered tolls — among other things.

Courtesy of Andy Harris for Congress

Today, another in our series of Conversations with the Candidates.

Republican Congressman Andy Harris joins Tom Hall in the Midday studio for an hour of discussion about the issues in his bid for re-election. 

Harris, a licensed physician, is a former Naval Reservist and Maryland State Senator (1999-2010)  who has represented Maryland’s 1st Congressional District since 2011.  His winning re-election margins ever since have been substantial.  In June, he handily won his party's primary to run for a fifth term.  He is a staunch conservative in a sprawling district that includes all or part of 12 different counties, including the Eastern Shore and parts of Baltimore, Harford and Carroll Counties.   

Maryland's 1st Congressional District is the only one in the state that Donald Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election.  This year, Harris faces a spirited challenge from the Democratic nominee, Jesse Colvin, a former US Army Ranger and a first-time candidate.

Today, Rep. Andy Harris also addresses some of your calls, emails, tweets and Facebook comments.  As with all the interviews in Tom's Conversations with the Candidates series, this program was Live-Streamed on WYPR's Facebook page. You can watch that video here.

Early voting starts one week from today.

Joel McCord

Andy Harris, the lone Republican in Maryland’s Congressional delegation, usually wins by wide margins in the reddest district in the state. But this year, Democrats seem to think they have a candidate who can beat him.

That’s Jesse Colvin, a political novice with an impressive resume that includes a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, a stint teaching English to Syrians who wanted to study in the U.S. and four tours of Afghanistan as an Army ranger.

Voter Mobilization in Maryland

Oct 17, 2018
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Today, four guests join Tom for a conversation about voter mobilization efforts in Maryland.

Nykidra Robinson is the founder of Black Girls Vote, an organization based here in Baltimore that encourages women of color to vote. 

Sam Novey is a co-founder of #BaltimoreVotes, which works with community groups to increase voter turnout.

Catalina Byrd is a Baltimore-based media and political consultant.

Kyle Lierman is the CEO of a non-partisan get-out-the-vote organization called When We All Vote, founded by Michelle Obama.

Election Day is Nov. 6 and early voting begins on Oct. 25. You can still register to vote at an early voting location in Maryland. Please remember to get out and vote

We livestreamed this conversation.  To catch that video, click here. 

Tony Campbell: Republican for US Senate

Oct 15, 2018
Campbell 4 Maryland

Today on Midday, we continue our series of Conversations with the Candidates.

Tom's guest for the hour is Tony Campbell, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate. He is an adjunct professor of political science at Towson University and is one of four candidates running for the seat currently held by Democrat Ben Cardin

Non-eligible Voters Impact the Democratic Vote

Oct 12, 2018
Dominique Maria Bonessi

It’s afternoon rush hour on a Friday in the parking lot of Columbia’s Dobbin Center.

Jonathan Hernandez and his Casa in Action canvassing team are starting their shift.

It’s one of two teams working Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

Courtesy of Jesse Colvin for Congress

Today, another in our series of Conversations with the Candidates.

Jesse Colvin is running for Congress in Maryland’s sprawling 1st Congressional District.  In a crowded primary field last summer, he beat five other Democrats. 

Now, with the November 6 General Election less than a month away, Colvin faces incumbent Andy Harris in the only Maryland congressional district that leans Republican.  Harris, a Republican, is seeking his 5th term in the US Congress.

Colvin served four combat deployments in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger and intelligence officer.  He says that running for Congress is another call to serve.  This is his first run for elective office.

Jesse Colvin joins Tom in Studio A.

We live-streamed this conversation on Facebook.  To see that video, click here. 

Rachel Baye

Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous is accusing Gov. Larry Hogan of mocking his speech impairment.

The dispute stems from a video Hogan’s campaign posted online on Monday. The roughly 30-second video shows Jealous mixing up his words — saying “Virginia” when he means Maryland and “president” when he means governor.

John Lee

Maryland Republicans believe they have a chance to stick a political knife into the Democrats’ veto-proof majority in the State Senate in November. They need to flip five seats. Two of the seats they think they can pick up are in Baltimore County. 


The success for the GOP may ride on whether the Governor’s popularity trumps a possible blue wave.



Karen Hosler

In this election year, there’s been a surge nationally of mostly young Democratic women running for office. And that surge is swamping ballots in Maryland as well.

In one race, a 30-year-old woman—a Democrat—is pitted against a 65-year-old former Republican member of the House of Delegates for the state Senate seat representing Annapolis.

The former two-term Delegate, Ron George, was sliced out of his Annapolis area district in 2012 by Democratic lawmakers and has been trying to make a comeback ever since. He’s even moved into the new district.

John Lee

The Republican running for Baltimore County Executive says if elected, he will not abide by a 2016 settlement over affordable housing between the county and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The county's role in bolstering affordable housing is a major point of contention in the race.


Today we continue our series of Conversations with the Candidates with three people who will be on the ballot in November -- who are neither Democrats nor Republicans.

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group reports that for the first time in the last 25 years, 2/3 of Americans see the need for a third party. This support for alternatives to Democrats and Republicans grows out of dissatisfaction with what many see as a dysfunctional two party system, but as to which third party that should be, or if there should be more than one, there is much less consensus. Today, we’ll talk to an Independent, a Libertarian and a member of the Green Party about the reasons behind their candidacies, and their views on the future of third parties moving forward.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky


Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous met Monday for their one and only debate of the election. The two offered distinct visions not only for what Maryland should look like in four years, but also for what life is like now.