March 12, 2018 State House Update

The deadline to file for the 2018 election in Maryland was February 27, 2018 and there is now a clear picture of the candidates running for office. This year all statewide elected offices, consisting of one U.S. Senate seat, Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller, are up for election. The same holds true for the entire Maryland General Assembly – all 47 Senate seats and 141 House seats are up for election. The primary election will be held on June 26, 2018 and the general election will be held on November 6, 2018.
High turnover looms for the Maryland General Assembly. As it stands now, there will be a minimum of 10 new Senators and 29 new House members. These numbers, which do not take into account legislators who may be defeated in the upcoming elections, are significant. The pre-election turnover is 21.2 percent in the Senate and 20.6 percent in the House. In 2014, the post-election turnover was 21.2 percent in the Senate and 36.9 percent in the House. Additional departures followed as some legislators left to work in the administration of Governor Larry Hogan or Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. In 2010, there was a 21.2 percent turnover in the Senate but a modest 21.3 percent turnover in the House.

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