The sixth did function an unexpectedly aggressive race through the 2014 GOP wave when then-Democratic Rep. John Delaney turned Republican Dan Bongino (who went on to run for Congress in Florida earlier than turning into a far-right social media influencer) by a single point. Plainly expertise satisfied Delaney he represented a “Pink District,” as he tweeted throughout his extraordinarily ill-fated presidential bid, however Group Blue hasn’t had any hassle holding it within the three elections since.
The lone Republican district, Rep. Andy Harris’ 1st, contains the Japanese Shore and Baltimore exurbs. Trump gained 59-39, a dropoff from his 62-33 victory, however nonetheless in no way shut. Harris himself had narrowly lost the previous version of this seat in 2008 to Democrat Frank Kratovil, however he got here again and unseated Kratovil 54-42 in the 2010 GOP wave. Democratic mapmakers opted to make this seat extra conservative in an effort to strengthen the celebration’s candidates in the remainder of the state (although they could have easily made it much bluer had they’d the braveness), and Harris has had no hassle over the following decade.
Maryland was one of many few states the place Democrats had management of the redistricting course of final time, and the established order is more likely to persist. Whereas Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can veto any maps he doesn’t like, Democrats have greater than sufficient members in each chambers to override him.
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