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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 07:13 AM
If the Government forces companies to pay people more than they are worth, the companies will move to other states or other countries. Just look at Maryland, there has been no non-government job growth for years, while Virginia has boomed. But all people, liberals and conservatives have compassion for the poor people, liberals and conservatives see how to fix it differently. Liberals feel the compassion, and want Government to fix the problem. Of course that never works. Since the 1960's we have seen the results of things like the war on poverty. Giant government, and no change in the number of people in need. Conservatives believe the government is the problem. But they believe the solution is charities. Studies have shown conservatives give a much higher percentage of their income to charities than liberals do. For some reason, liberals have a very hard time understanding this is a difference or opinion in how to fix the problem. Instead they paint conservatives as evil or mean. They call names and wish for violence against those they disagree with.
Chris W November 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Not sure where the editor is in all of this. The abusive nature of some of these folks should not be allowed.
Buck Harmon November 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss
Buck Harmon November 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Signs of a government employee are felt in your postings Lorna...interesting perspective...once again when people are presented with a choice between the vague they know and a vague they don’t know, they will pick what they know. Quite simply, this is what has occurred....we remain in grey..
1ke November 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
And you, sir, might look for another forum, one where your perspectives are automatically respected.
Buck Harmon November 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Lorna did win the last round...she really drew it out...love the way you do that Lorna!
Rob November 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Hmmm, let's see California used to be a republican state and was very successful until the liberals took over. Texas is probably the best state economically right now in the united states. China even though it is a communist country is using the conservative economic ideology only it's the government using it and not allowing the private sector. Obama and Nanny Bloomberg both agreed that government was the problem when they had to lift regulations to deal with the aftermath of Sandy. Getting government out of the way is a conservative path to getting things done and that's what both of them said had to be done to get that done. I don't have the time to do any more research but I just want to point out that you couldn't disagree with what I said.
Lorna D. Rudnikas November 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Hi Buck...love the way you so succinctly put things in a historical perspective.."once again when people are presented with a choice between the vague they know and a vague they don’t know, they will pick what they know." Just had to get into this one..missed the "heartfelt" interchanges. :-)
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Two things Frank, number one Patch in NY in not closed on Veterans Day. Second, as far as the law goes my lawyer just laughed at your comment and said, I guess he's in for a surprise. In a matter of time you will be charged ans sued for libel. My lawyer said it's the only way too stop these kinds of people. You will be exposed. The work is in progress. You need to learn to respect people. I don't thing the president would be proud of you and Steve/Robert. I should have done this along time ago.
Just a guy November 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
This was too funny... So what did we learn from this election? 1.) There aren't enough old scared white men left to out vote everybody else. And the % of whites as voters is dropping. 2.) The Republican party lost women, (state wide, and nationally), by 17%. 2/3s of America thinks you are completely off base, and stupid with the Republican position on abortion and women's health issues. You are free to believe it, but you aren't going to legislate it. I think they have some real issues there. It didn't matter if the candidate was a woman or not, (Linda McMahon lost by more than the national average) Self deportation cost Republicans 70% of Hispanics. No amount of Marco Rubio's, with the same policies will change that. Saw an interesting fact (you know those pesky things that are PROVEN...), from the HHS and HUD. There are more whites in rural areas getting assistance than there are blacks in urban areas. 39% to 38%. Says something about poor white trash. But the whites tend to vote Republican... Interesting.
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Frank, let me simplify this for your. You will be identified under your real name and other information. The police will take a report, as per the law and I will obtain either a warrant or criminal citation for you through the commissioner under the law which I have posted several times. The county, state and feds have computer harassment laws that, according to my attorney you rather blatantly violated. I seriously don't think if you used your real name and had a family or business, or worked for the government you would have done that. It's too late now so you will have to be held accountable with Steve/Robert and that is the way it will happen. Computer crime is the fastest growing situation in the world. For you to think it only involves school children is foolish. Read the law and quote the age limit, on both the criminal and civil side. You forget I was a cop for 39 years and know the law. Balto. Magazine cited my attorney as one of the best. If you have any more questions just ask? After the criminal trial, my attorney will file a libel suit against for you comments towards me. Do you understand that?
jag November 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
LOL. Please, read a book, Rob. Texas? Texas?! Texas - the minimum wage capital of the country - is the shining beacon of conservatism? Never mind the fact that, like any state, counties and cities with actual economic, cultural, scientific, and technological value (Austin & Dallas, in your suggestion) are democratic strongholds. Just because Texas has a large enough low-wage, uneducated white population to overpower the Austin voting block doesn't prove much. China?! lol. Try explaining that to an actual, educated conservative without them laughing in your face. I dare you.
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
He does, in the courtroom where it counts. Ballto Mag has him as one of the up and coming lawyers. Maybe you and Steve should have consulted with an attorney before you wrote what you did? Speaking of harassment remember this blog: http://dundalk.patch.com/blog_posts/hostile-work-environment-sexual-misconduct-charges-alleged-against-property-management-in-baltimore-county Where is Tony now?
Steve November 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
......and he would tell him not to post on here at all..
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Hey Steve, first let me set you straight. You are talking about a - copyright - case, not criminal. You are talking about District Court which does not set president cases. Higher courts do and besides NY district is not a jurisdiction that would set president. The president would come from the circuit level such as the Fourth Circuit Court. No wonder you two are what you are.
Steve November 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
It had nothing to do with you, but here you are breaking your arm trying to pat yourself on the back. Bogus. Report back after the trial. LOL Do you have any idea how Baltimore Mag performs these rankings??
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Find Robert Armstrong and read his pages of comments. Calling me the leader of the Dundalk KKK is libel. You need to do your research before you run your mouth. He does make many references to my race in ways that you have to find and read. I already have the comments. Steve I have done very well with him, my badge case being one among others. It sounds like you guys are scared. I would be too facing what your are.
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Frank do you see school children only in these laws? _________________________________________________________ Maryland Code, § 555C —- Electronic Mail; prohibitions and penalties: (a) "Electronic Mail" means the transmission of information or a communication by the use of a computer or other electronic means sent to a person identified by a unique address and received by that person. (c) Electronic mail may not be used as a form of harassment. A person may not use electronic mail for a communication made with intent to harass: (1) One or more persons; or (2) By sending lewd, lascivious, or obscene material. _______________________________________ Harassment Md. Criminal law Code Ann. § 3-803. Harassment. (2002) (a) Prohibited. -- A person may not follow another in or about a public place or maliciously engage in a course of conduct that alarms or seriously annoys the other: (1) with the intent to harass, alarm, or annoy the other; (2) after receiving a reasonable warning or request to stop by or on behalf of the other; and (3) without a legal purpose.
Steve November 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Let me know when the Grand Jury convenes, okay?
Steve November 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The Republican Party is going to have to get rid of it's Bullies in order to survive. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/11/analysis_republican_party.html
Steve November 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The sad part of it is that the Old White Guys just don't get it. Gingrich is "dumbfounded" http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gingrich-dumbfounded-obama-win-163256034--election.html
Steve November 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Why would that disappoint him? Copies don't hold up in court and AOL has a policy of letting things expire after a specified period. I think it's something like 10 days.
Chris W November 12, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Big difference between a lack of respect and abuse. Calling people racist in nearly every single post is just abusive. You can treat people with respect even when you may disagree with them.
Rob November 12, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Again I don't see you disagreeing with me about your liberal states. I'll get to researching your claims which I'm sure your wrong simply because you believe in liberalism. But yeah China is doing business in a free market capitalist system. They are playing tricks with their currency to keep prices down but their regulation are nowhere near what it's like to do business in America hence the reason businesses are moving jobs there. And even the effects Obamacare is going to move medical jobs over there also. So again liberal policy are failing the American public.
Buzz Beeler November 12, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Is that right. Then why did I just put up you whole profile from your days as Robert that go back several years. Yes copies hold up in court. I spent 39 year in court using copies. I have word documents on both you and Frank. You write it I copy it to word.
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 (Editor) 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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