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Barack Obama Wins Maryland

Voters in Maryland on Tuesday gave the state's 10 electoral votes to Barack Obama.

Barack Obama won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times.

Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Maryland. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. 

ABC and CNN reported Obama had won Maryland within 30 minutes of the polls closing around the state.

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Women's rights at the national level were a key issue for some in Maryland, including Edgemere resident Trudie Stancliff.

"I know of a lot of women who have never voted who are voting this year for the first time," Stancliff said. "They're voting to protect their rights as women, to be able to make their personal decisions as women."

Ken Hoffman was the fourth person in line to vote Tuesday morning at a library in Severna Park, and said leadership was key in his vote.

“I think he has done a very good job so far especially given all the problems he inherited in the beginning,” Hoffman said. “I think if you asked most people honestly they will tell you they are better off now than they were four years ago. I really feel that Mitt Romney is not the person we can pick to lead this country.”

Becky Rizvi, 53, of Silver Spring, said she supported Obama, in part because she said she feels others don't.

"I think Obama has done a remarkable job getting a lot of stuff done with not much help," she said. "I think he’s a hero—I’ve been praying with might and mane." 

Turnout was high at many polling sites throughout the day—with an early morning rush bested by a last-minute charge to the voting booths at the end of the work day.

The presidential race was only one of a number of key races that fueled interest in Maryland.

In state ballot questions, marriage equality and expanded gambling were key topics for drawing Maryland voters to the polls.

The economy was also a key issue for many voters in the state.

Perry Hall's Kim Middlecamp voted for Romney, explaining: "I have two young daughters, 17 and 14, and I haven't been pleased with the economy, among other things." 

Joe Applegate voted at Perry Hall High School, picking Romney, because "for me, it's personal because I'm a small business owner, and I feel like Romney is for business. There are other issues—we need to do something about the debt."

Maryland voters, like Perry Hall's Patrick Linch, opted to give Obama a second term.

"I voted for President Obama because I feel he's seriously committed to addressing the issues unresolved from his first term," Linch said. 

AG November 12, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Well, I am too. It shows how little the people understand economics. Steve & Frank, since you guys seem to know everything, how do you think we should fix the economy given: 1. The Obamacare layoff's have begun 2. Overspending is way more than we can tax the rich to take care of. 3. Rich folks are expatriating in record numbers 4. The social security trust fund is empty (There are only IOU's from the general fund in the trust fund) 5, Gun sales are at record levels 6. People from about 20 states have petitioned the White House for permission to secede. Two are close to 25,000 signatures for formal consideration. (Note: This is an indicator of the how divided we are, I am sure the White House will not say OK) 7. The President has never compromised on anything. It does not look like the house will either. You guys are so smart, please share your wisdom.
AG November 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Frank, is "400,000 people have petitioned Macy's to drop all connections with Donald Trump." the best you could do to answer the question?
Steve November 12, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I have been posting on here for a couple of months or so. Keep barking up the wrong tree. LOL Word Documents. Well, aren't you the technological Wizard!
Sonia Dasgupta November 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The comments on this story are no longer adding context or healthy discussion on post. I'm closing the comments, please review Patch's Terms of Use, under Acceptable Use: http://www.patch.com/terms— "While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks – after all, these are your neighbors." Thanks, Sonia
Steve November 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
It's closed today. I just drove by there.

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