2018 Midterm Election Results
By Brendan Murphy '20
Our recent November midterm election cycle was one of great importance in the increasingly partisan world we live in. Voter turnout was the highest it has been in decades and, contrary to what some media will tell you, both sides did about as well as expected in terms of picking up seats in congress. Here is a summary of some of the highlighted nationwide elections, as well as some information on local races.
Beto O’Rourke (D) vs. Ted Cruz (R): Senator for Texas
Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz faced an extremely high level of competition from Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Beto inspired many voters throughout Texas by visiting every single county in Texas. He appealed to Democrats by promising medicare for all and preaching an open border policy which are both very pivotal issues to Texas voters. Ultimately Texas’s red history proved true and lead to another win for Senator Cruz and six more years for him in office, winning by a vote total of 51% to 48.3%.
Andrew Gillum (D) vs. Ron DeSantis (R): Governor of Florida
With both candidates running for governor for the first time in a swing state, this race came down to the wire. Ron DeSantis received a great deal of support from President Trump, both in MAGA rallies in Florida and via Twitter. Gillum was the previous mayor of Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. This race was crucial to the 2020 presidential election, showing that the state remained partially red, with DeSantis winning 49.7% to 49.1%.
Brian Kemp (R) vs. Stacey Abrams (D): Governor of Georgia
Brian Kemp, the Secretary of State for Georgia, ran for Governor against media darling Stacey Abrams. Both sides had strong support from prominent political figures. Trump was campaigning hard for Kemp and Oprah Winfrey was on the campaign trail for Abrams. This race was close, but like Texas, the republican voting history was too much for Abrams to overcome. Kemp won 50.3% to 48.7%.
Rick Scott (R) vs. Bill Nelson (D): Senator for Florida
The ex-Governor of Florida Rick Scott ran for a Senate seat against incumbent Bill Nelson. The race was extremely tight, and at the time of writing this article, the race has still not been called. Scott holds a slight lead 50.1% to 49.9%.
Martha McSally (R) vs. Kyrsten Sinema (D): Senator for Arizona
This election occurred in order to replace the retired Republican senator Jeff Flake. The importance of this race came from the fact that Flake was often a swing vote in the Senate and an admittedly moderate republican. He voted for the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, but only after long deliberation and a FBI investigation that he demanded. This seat was a big win for McSally, keeping Arizona red and preserving Flake’s seat red as well. McSally won 49.4% to 48.4%.
Anthony Pappas (R) vs. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D): House of Representatives for NY14
Democrat Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez made history as the youngest person ever elected to the house of Representatives at the age of 29. She has openly expressed opposition to President Trump’s policy and is also a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist. She won with an astounding 78% of the vote to Pappas 13.8%.
Larry Hogan (R) vs. Ben Jealous (D): Governor of Maryland
Governor Larry Hogan won his reelection bid, defeating democratic nominee Ben Jealous, the ex-president of the NAACP. Hogan will have four more years to, as he puts it, “set an example for the rest of the nation.” Despite the fact that is a republican governor in a democratic state, Hogan maintains an approval percentage in the high 60s and continues to garner votes from either side of the aisle. Hogan won, 56.1% to 42.7%.
Ben Cardin (D) vs. Tony Campbell (R): United States Senator for Maryland
Incumbent senator Ben Cardin won his reelection for six more years in the Senate, defeating Republican challenger Tony Campbell 64.1% to 31%.
Anthony Brown (D) vs. George McDermott (R): House of Representatives for MD4
Brown ran for Governor against Hogan in 2014 and suffered a rather surprising loss to a Republican in a historically blue state. Brown rebounded this time around, winning the seat with a substantial margin of victory at 77.8% to 20.1%
District 33/5 Results:
Without getting into too much detail, here is a quick summary of winners and losers of local elections in the voting district Severn is located.
Edward “Big Ed” Reilly (R) vs. Eve Hurwitz: State Senator for District 33
Reilly won 54.3% to 45.6%.
House of Delegates, District 33:
Voters choose up to three candidates. The highest three vote getters become Delegates. Winners are:
Michael Malone (R): 18.4%
Sid Saab (R): 16.8%
Tony McConkey (R): 16.3%
Defeated: Pam Luby (D), Heather Bagnall (D), Tracie Hovermale (D)
Steve Schuh (R) vs. Steuart Pittman (D): County Executive for Anne Arundel County
The County Executive is the chief position for Anne Arundel County. Pittman defeated Schuh, a Severn alum, 51.8% to 48.1%.
Dawn Myers (D) vs. Amanda Fielder (R): County Council District 5
The County Council makes laws and passes bills for the county as a whole. Fielder won, 55.1% to 44.8%.
Wes Adams (R) vs. Anne Colt Leitess (D): Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney
The State’s Attorney prosecutes cases in the county and works closely with law enforcement to reduce crime. Leitess won, 52.2% to 47.7%.
There were also some smaller elections on the ticket like Register of Wills, Judge of the Orphans Court, and Clerk of the Circuit Court.
In summary, this midterm election proved to be a signifier of what is to come for the future of politics. No matter which side you lean politically, there is no ignoring the effect that President Trump had on this election. The candidates he campaigned for in high stakes elections mostly won, with John James of Michigan and Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia being the only glaring outliers. Democrats were also able to take back the majority in the House of Representatives which will serve to be a major check on the president’s power. Presumed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has already promised that democrats will subpoena Trump for his tax returns.
Republicans, on the other hand, were able to further expand their control of the Senate. With some races still not called at print time, it is looking like Republicans will have either 53 or 54 seats depending on the Senate race in Florida. The candidates and the country will now look ahead to 2020, where Trump will face a true test; a hotly contested reelection bid that will almost assuredly produce more fireworks, talking points, and “fake news” throughout the nation.