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Maryland's election results: Gov-elect Wes Moore, recreational weed and Baltimore City term limits

Update: The Associated Press called the Maryland governor's race at 8:00 p.m., before any voting precinct results showed up on the Maryland State Board of Election's website. Here's an explainer about how that's possible.

Simply put, the Associated Press only calls a race "when AP is fully confident a race has been won – defined most simply as the moment a trailing candidate no longer has a path to victory."

Wes Moore, Maryland's governor-electaddressed his supporters at a victory party in downtown Baltimore City.

"You believed in the son of an immigrant, a graduate of a two-year college, a US Army combat veteran, and a non-profit leader who had never run for office before," Moore said Tuesday night. "We will work with police and communities to ensure public safety, to keep illegal guns and violent offenders off our streets. We will protect abortion rights and access, and empower women to make decisions about their own reproductive health."

Moore promised to stand up Pre-K "for every child in need" and wants to see Maryland offer a service year for every high school graduate.

Republican nominee for governor Dan Cox was not ready to concede on Tuesday night.

Brooke Lierman is the comptroller-elect of Maryland after Harford County Executive Barry Glassman conceded the race early Wednesday morning, The Baltimore Banner reports.Lierman garnered 56% of the votes while Glassman trailed with 42% of votes on Tuesday night.

Democratic Congressman Anthony Brown is the Attorney General-elect after defeating Anne Arundel County lawyer Michael Peroutka, The Baltimore Banner reports.Brown had 59% of the votes while Peroutka had 39% on Tuesday night.

Republican Andy Harris claimed victory for a seventh term representing Maryland’s 1st Congressional District Tuesday. Heather Mizeur lost.

Maryland voters approved a statewide ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana for adults at least 21 years old and older. It means adults will be allowed to have up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana and grow two plants starting in July 2023.

In Baltimore City, voters overwhelming approved a ballot question for term limitswith 72% of the vote. All the other local Baltimore City ballot initiatives passed, including ceding local control of the police department.

In Baltimore County, Democrat Johnny Olszewski won another term as county executive after Republican Pat McDonough conceded the race.

Local election officials began tabulating results tonight after the polls close at 8 p.m. Some jurisdictions may already be able to report to the state board of elections the majority of votes cast, including mail-in ballots, because officials started canvassing ballots in October. Same day registration and voting is permitted in Maryland.

Other municipalities, the largest of which is Anne Arundel County, won’t begin counting its 41,918 mail-in ballots until Nov. 10.

The race for Maryland’s 6th congressional District between the U.S. Rep. David Trone and state Del. Neil Parrott is a squeaker and the race was too close to call on Tuesday night.

As of Nov. 7, more than 781,200 votes have been cast across Maryland which includes more than 399,300 mail-in ballots received by local boards of election and 381,900 ballots from in-person early voting.

There are 4.1 million eligible active voters on the rolls, of which, 2.2 million are Democrats, 992,188 are Republicans, 826,676 are unaffiliated and 69,315 are third party voters.

During the 2018 midterm general election in Maryland, 2.3 million people voted out of 3.9 million eligible voters.


Kristen Mosbrucker is a digital news editor and producer for WYPR. @k_mosbrucker
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