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Hogan lacks coattails as Republican executives fall

Howard County Executive Alan H. Kittleman. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Howard County Executive Alan H. Kittleman lost his bid for re-election Tuesday. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan may have surfed a blue wave to a second term on his “purple surfboard,” but Republicans seeking the top office in counties around the state — including two incumbents — didn’t fare as well.

Republican incumbents in Anne Arundel and Howard counties lost their bids for re-election despite Hogan carrying both counties.

In Anne Arundel County, Republican Steve Schuh was nearly 8,000 votes behind Democratic challenger Steuart Pittman. Schuh captured 101,822 votes — more than 46,000 fewer than Hogan received in the same county.

In Howard County, Republican County Executive Allan Kittleman ended the night with 64,347 votes, more than 6,000  fewer than Democratic Councilman Calvin Ball. Hogan carried the county with 76,910 votes.

Both Kittleman and Schuh were considered strong contenders for governor in 2022 when Hogan completes his second and final term as governor.

Hogan also appeared to have no coattails in Baltimore and Frederick Counties.

In Baltimore County, Hogan’s hand-picked candidate, Al Redmer, lost to Democratic Party nominee John Olszewski Jr.

Redmer, the state insurance commissioner, received 129,209 votes — more than 45,000 less than Olszewski. Hogan received 187,766 votes — 74,429 votes more than Ben Jealous, the Democratic Party nominee for governor. Hogan won the county four years ago by more than 53,000 votes.

In Frederick County, Democratic incumbent County Executive Jan Gardner defeated Republican Del. Kathy Afzali by more than 6,800 votes.

Afzali’s 43,098 votes was far fewer than Hogan’s total of 67,412.


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