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BLOG: Primary Election Night

Posted: 2:37 PM, May 14, 2024
Updated: 2024-05-15 17:27:44-04
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A Maryland I Voted sticker over a photo of Baltimore City Hall in daylight.

11:47 p.m. — Wrapping up our live blog for the evening, with some takeaways:

  • Baltimore City had "very low" voter turnout for election day, but we don't have the final numbers quite yet. We should have a better sense of overall turnout for election day tomorrow, but final mail-in numbers could take a couple of days.
  • Mayor Brandon Scott is the projected winner of the Democratic Primary (and the expected winner of the general). The Republican nomination for the Mayor race hasn't been called.
  • As of 11:26 p.m., DDHQ has called the Democratic Primary Race for City Council President for Zeke Cohen.
  • The race for Senate will be between former Governor Larry Hogan (R) and current Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D).
  • The race for MD-2 will be between Kimberly Klacik (R) and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski (D).
  • The MD-3 race for the Democratic nomination was called for state Senator Sarah Elfreth. The Republican primary race has not yet been called, but Robert Steinberger was leading as of 11:39 p.m.
  • The race for MD-6 will be between April McClain Delaney and Neil Parrott.

There are also a few very close City Council Member races, including District 8 between Bilal Ali and Paris Gray, District 11 between incumbent Eric Costello and Zac Blanchard, and District 12 between Jermaine Jones and incumbent Robert Stokes.
You can check out the latest election results as they update, right here.

11:24 p.m. —

11:02 p.m. — RACE CALL: DDHQ calls the Baltimore Mayor Democratic Primary for incumbent Brandon Scott.

10:59 p.m. —

10:49 p.m. — Sheila Dixon is speaking, but that race is currently too close to call, with Brandon Scott leading by just under 5,000 votes.

10:47 p.m. — Some of these Baltimore City Council races are pretty close.

  • District 8 has a tight race between Bilal Ali and Paris Gray, they're separated by less than 100 votes with 13 of 17 election-day precincts reporting.
  • District 11 has a tight race between incumbent Eric Costello and challenger Zac Blanchard. Costello is leading with just over 100 votes and 16 of 19 precincts reporting.
  • District 12 is also within 100 votes, between incumbent Robert Stokes, Sr. and challenger Jermaine Jones.

10:35 p.m. —

10:21 p.m. — PRIOR RACE CALL: At just after 9 p.m., DDHQ called the MD-6 Republican race for Neil Parrott. Former gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox was also running for the nomination.

10:15 p.m. — RACE CALLS: DDHQ has also made the following calls:

  • MD-2 Republican for Kimberly Klacik, making the MD-2 race Olszewski vs. Klacik.
  • MD-3 Democratic for Sarah Elfreth, beating out main opponent former Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn.
  • MD-6 Democratic for April McClain Delaney.

10:08 p.m. — Following the race call, we followed up with Xavier Wherry at the Alsobrooks party:

9:44 p.m. — RACE CALL: DDHQ has called Angela Alsobrooks the projected winner of the MD Senate Democratic race.

9:39 p.m. —

9:36 p.m. —

9:24 p.m. — Angela Alsobrooks currently leading in the Senate Democratic race. Reporter Xavier Wherry is at her watch party in Prince George's County.

9:16 p.m. — No additional calls yet, but a closer look at some of the other races:

  • As of 9:10 p.m., Sheila Dixon has a slight lead over Brandon Scott in the Baltimore City Mayoral Democratic race by just under 20 votes.
  • Sarah Elfreth has a more than 2,000 vote lead over Harry Dunn in the MD-3 Democratic race.
  • April McClain Delaney appears to be leading in the MD-6 Democratic Race with more than 42% of the vote so far.
  • Neil Parrott also has a solid lead in the MD-6 Republican Race with close to 50% of the vote.

9:07 p.m. — Larry Hogan is now speaking following his projected win.

Some other interesting things as results continue to come in:

  • The uncommitted vote in the Democratic Presidential race has more than 15,000 votes, coming in at over 7%.
  • Nikki Haley has just under 25% of the Republican Presidential vote.
  • Robin Ficker, who was also seeking the Republican Senate nomination has more than 26% of the vote at this point, to Larry Hogan's nearly 66%.
  • Alsobrooks is currently leading Trone in the Democratic Senate nomination by a little more than 4,000 votes.

8:41 p.m. — DDHQ has called the GOP Senate Race for Larry Hogan and the MD-2 Democrat for Johnny Olszewski.

8:32 p.m. — Results are starting to come into the Board of Election websites.

DDHQ has called the Presidential nomination races for Donald Trump (Republican) and Joe Biden (Democrat).

8:13 p.m. — Reporter Jack Watson is at the Sheila Dixon watch party in Baltimore City and sent us this picture.

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The podium at the Sheila Dixon watch party for the Democratic nomination for Mayor.

And reporter Ja Nai Wright sent us back this photo from the Brandon Scott watch party, also in the City.

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Set up continues at the Brandon Scott watch party for the Mayoral race in Baltimore City.

8:06 p.m. — As we await results to start coming in, former Governor Larry Hogan's election night watch party is underway.

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People gather at an election night watch party for former Governor Larry Hogan, who is running for the Republican nomination for Senate.

8:00 p.m. — Polls in Maryland have officially closed.

7:24 p.m. — With less than an hour until polls close, here's a look at our earlier coverage as we wait for results.

Coverage of the Maryland Primary continues

6:26 p.m. — As of 6 p.m., Baltimore City has seen just over 30,000 voters cast ballots, meaning more than 10,000 voters came out to the polls between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

5:21 p.m. — Reporter Elizabeth Worthington sent us these photos at Francis Scott Key Elementary in South Baltimore, saying it's slow there as well.

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Slow day for voting at Francis Scott Key Elementary polling place in Baltimore City on May 14, 2024.
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Another slow polling place, as early reports from the Baltimore City Board of Elections said under 20,000 people had come out to vote by 3 p.m. on Primary Day 2024.

5:03 p.m. — Here's a photo from reporter Jack Watson at Baltimore City polling location St. David's on Roland Ave, showing the line of polling signs outside.

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Campaign signs line the grass outside one Baltimore City polling location on Primary Day 2024.

4:47 p.m. — We just got an update from the Deputy Director of Baltimore City's Board of Elections who says turnout has been "very low" today.

As of 3 p.m., fewer than 20,000 people had come out to the polls in Baltimore City, which is fewer than the number of mail in ballots received from the City.

14,000 Baltimore voters had come out during the week of early voting.

4:00 p.m. — It's not looking too busy at this polling station in Baltimore City.

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A somewhat empty polling place in Baltimore City on Primary Election Day, May 14, 2024.

2:37 p.m. — It's election day and we're beginning our Primary Election Night blog. Polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight and our team will be out following several of the top candidates.

Our digital team also spoke to younger voters about the upcoming election, check out that story here.

You can also find our election guide here.