The Maryland primary results 2010 aren’t the big story today. Although the Maryland primary results 2010 had a Tea Party defeat, the Maryland results are taking a back seat to the Tea Party victories. Most of the discussion is over the upset in Delaware, and the still-tight race in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Maryland’s Eric Wargotz and Barbra Mikulski sailed along to easier victories, and toward their own battle in November. However, the Maryland election results 2010 may not change Mikulski’s ride to yet another re-election.
Establishment candidates, and those who have been in office for a long time, have been in frequent danger this year. Delaware offered major proof of that, but the state of Maryland offered a counterpoint. Senator Barbra Mikulski, who has held office for 24 years, won the Democratic nomination once again, with 82 percent support.
The major question in the Maryland election results 2010 was in the Republican primary, as Eric Wargotz faced Jim Rutledge. There were 11 candidates in the primary, but Wargotz and Rutledge were the clear front-runners. Wargotz was a front-runner who had to use his own money to keep out of the red, while Rutledge had Tea Party support.
But in the Maryland election results 2010, the Tea Party wasn’t able to pull another miracle. Wargotz got 39 percent of the vote, yet that was easily enough over Rutledge’s 31 percent. Everyone else finished in single digits, with Joseph Alexander and Neil Cohen leading the runners-up at 6 percent each.
Since the Tea Party candidate did not prevail, the Maryland election results 2010 may be lost in the shuffle today. Even if Rutledge had pulled it out, he would have faced an even greater battle against Senator Mikulski. She is seeking her fifth term, and has not been faced with the usual turmoil for incumbents this year.
When Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell won in Delaware, it was considered a massive loss for the GOP, as they are now expected to lose that important state. But Maryland is expected to stay solidly Democratic, as Rasmussen Reports had Mikulski 16 points ahead as of Aug. 17.
The other major Maryland election result took place in the gubernatorial race, as Governor Martin O’Malley will again face former Governor Bob Ehrlich. Democratic candidate O’Malley defeated incumbent Republican Ehrlich in the 2006 race, and now the roles have been reserved for this November.
That campaign stands to be close, or at least closer than the Maryland election results 2010 from last night, as Ehrlich got 75 percent. As for the Senate showdown, it may be the rare state that is safe for a Democratic incumbent — since it was already safe for an establishment Republican.
Baltimore Sun- “Wargotz to face Mikulski in November”
Rasmussen Reports- “Toplines – Maryland Senate – August 17, 2010”
New York Times- “Primary Results – Maryland”
Bloomberg- “Maryland Governor Rematch Set as Ehrlich Wins Republican Nomination Again”