Marylanders helped re-elect President Barack Obama and voted for same-sex civil marriage, for the state’s Dream Act, and for expanded gambling — among other candidates and referendums — but those were the headlines Tuesday night.
In the video posted above, Gov. Martin O’Malley congratulates the LBGT community and Marylanders for Marriage Equality at their election night watch party at the Baltimore Soundstage late last night. Maryland became the first state to support same-sex marriage by referendum, ending a 0-32 streak for similar measures.
Like President Obama, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin also won a second term. Democratic House members Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, and Republican Rep. Andy Harris, won re-election campaigns as well.
Longtime Republican congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett, who represented the western part of Maryland, lost to newcomer John Delaney, a Potomac businessman.
Two of the most anticipated races, actually voter referendums — Question 6, for same-sex marriage, and Question 7, to expand gambling in the state — were also two of the closest. Both passed by 52 percent to 48 percent margins and were not called until late Tuesday.