Pittman pulls off upset, beats Schuh for Anne Arundel executive

Democratic county executive candidate Steuart Pittman upset incumbent Steve Schuh Tuesday night in a surprise victory. Pittman received 51.8 percent of the vote. Schuh received 48.1 percent. The County Council flipped to a 4-3 Democratic majority. At Pittman’s party at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, he gave a speech thanking his supporters, including police, teachers and fire unions. He said creating a more transparent government is his priority. (Capital)

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Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. wins Baltimore County executive race, defeating Al Redmer Jr.

Dundalk Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. will be Baltimore County’s next county executive after handily defeating Republican Al Redmer Jr. in Tuesday’s election. Olszewski, 36, continues Democratic leadership of the state’s third-largest county, a run of party dominance that dates to 1994. Olszewski thanked his supporters for believing in him when others wrote him off. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrat Ball defeats incumbent Howard County executive Kittleman

Democratic County Councilman Calvin Ball will be the first African American Howard county executive as he secured a clear victory over Republican incumbent Allan Kittleman. “I feel phenomenal,” Ball said in an interview, an hour after unofficial results arrived. During his next four years as executive, Ball said he plans to investigate in education, environmental sustainability and the opioid crisis. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Democrat Marc Elrich fends off two challengers to win Montgomery’s county executive race

Democrat Marc Elrich rode a wave of progressive voters in Montgomery County on Tuesday to become county executive, sweeping past a moderate colleague who mounted an independent campaign to challenge him. While voters statewide rejected left-wing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous in favor of incumbent Larry Hogan (R), the state’s largest jurisdiction signaled it wanted a left-of-center leader at home. (Wash. Post)

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Angela Alsobrooks to become first woman to lead Prince George’s County

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks on Tuesday became the first woman chosen by voters to lead Maryland’s second-largest county, in an election that also saw the expansion of the County Council to include two at-large members. Two incumbent members of the board of education were ousted by challengers, according to preliminary returns, after an intense campaign that reflected a rift on the board between establishment-backed members and a vocal dissident bloc. (Wash. Post)

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Bevins prevails, party balance of power on Baltimore County Council stays in Democrats' hands

Democrats will hold on to the party’s slim majority on the Baltimore County Council after all of the incumbents retained their seats in Tuesday’s general election. In the most competitive council race, Democratic Councilwoman Cathy Bevins survived a challenge from Republican Ryan Nawrocki to hang on to her seat representing residents in the northeastern part of the county. (Balt. Sun)

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November 6 // Time to vote: Politicians, nonprofits urge Marylanders to get to the polls no matter the weather

The Greater Baltimore Urban League is pledging free rides to the polls for hundreds of voters. The NAACP is asking each of its members to bring five people with them when they vote. And political campaigns for races large and small aren’t resting until the races are called Tuesday night. With thunderstorms in the forecast Tuesday, political and nonpartisan operations alike are in overdrive to get hundreds of thousands of Maryland voters to the polls. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats hope for House win, Republicans look to hold the Senate in a final day of campaigning — but nobody’s quite sure

Democrats were optimistic they would reclaim the U.S. House majority and Republicans remained cautiously hopeful about maintaining control of the Senate on Monday as candidates made final pleas to voters, neither side fully trusting their political barometers in the first national referendum on the volatile Trump presidency. The most expensive midterm elections in history, which in many states already have prompted turnout at nearly presidential election levels, will test whether Democrats energized by animosity toward President Trump can reclaim power and hobble him or whether Trump’s hard-line policies and harsh rhetoric will be re­affirmed by America’s voters. (Wash. Post)

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