The political battlefield for Maryland is looking very intriguing indeed, as far 2016 is concerned. If you want to know where the political arena for Maryland stands right now, which can help you to come up with an idea of where the political arena for Maryland is heading, there are several things you will want to keep in mind.
Maryland Senate Candidates and More
The Maryland Democratic Party is not only a vital element to the larger Democratic Party of the United States. This is a party with profound, important connections to history. In fact, the Maryland Democratic Party is one of the longest enduring political organizations on the entire planet.
This November will be an important date for Maryland Democrats. Given that we are in a Presidential election year, it stands to reason that this is an important date for the Democratic Party as a whole, too. For Maryland Democrats, the first thing you will want to be aware of is the Maryland Senate race.
2016 Maryland Senate Race
For the 2016 election season, Maryland is going to elect one member to the United States Senate on November 8th. At this moment in time, the prevailing opinion seems to be that the seat is going to remain with the Democrats. Democratic incumbent Barbara Mikulski retired, leaving the seat open.
Although it seems likely that Maryland Democrats will take the seat in November, it is also important to note the wide range of Democratic, Independent, and Republican contenders that are vying for Senate. It is also important to remember that the primary elections were held on April 26th of this year. As always, Maryland utilized the closed primary system.
Naturally, the primaries painted a fairly clear picture of what the November 8th showdown is going to look like. Chris Van Hollen won the primaries for the Democratic Party with 53.2% of the votes. Donna Edwards came in second with 38.9%. On the Republican side of things, Kathy Szeliga dominated her field with 35.6% of the votes. Green Party and Libertarian Party candidates are also running for the site. Finally, there are four more individuals running for the seat on the Independent ticket, including Kay Young and Greg Dorsey.
Even with so many different candidates running, experts still consider Chris Van Hollen as the likely winner on November 8th.
While the Senate battle is an important one, it is not the only office Democrats need to consider this coming election.
Other Maryland Democratic Candidates
The elections for the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland will also be held on November 8th. As is the case with the upcoming Senate election, it is highly unlikely that the Democrats will lose their current station of dominance. Eight candidates will be elected to the U.S. House of Reps on this date, with eight seat representing the eight congressional districts that define Maryland.
Once again, the closed primary system was utilized for this election.
As of this writing, seven of the eight congressional districts currently have a Democrat at the helm. There is only one Republican currently serving Maryland in the U.S. House of Representatives. That would be Andy Harris, who is the current incumbent for District 1. He will be running against Democrat Joe Werner and Libertarian Matt Beers.
The other U.S. House of Representatives Democratic candidates are:
- District 2: Dutch Ruppersberger
- District 3: John Sarbanes
- District 4: Anthony Brown
- District 5: Steny Hoyer
- District 6: John Delaney
- District 7: Elijah Cummings
- District 8: Jamie Raskin
Although Democratic victory in all of these districts has a distinct element of probability, it is also important to remember that a lot can happen, between the present, and when the elections are held on the eighth of November. It is also worth taking a closer look at District 7. With five candidates running in the general election (Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Independent), it is by far the most crowded district in the state.
What Will the Future Hold?
As one can imagine, Democrats in Maryland are feeling pretty good about the impending election, particularly in terms of the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. However, it would be foolish to disregard the increased presences from Green Party candidates, Libertarian candidates, and Independent candidates.