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Trump Wins, Major Change in Delaware

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President-Elect Donald Trump

It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes.

Voters React

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Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling:

On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of this year.

Meanwhile, Republican Governor Larry Hogan who disavowed his party's nominee said he cast his ballot for his father.

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Elected School Board

Voters in Wicomico County opted for an elected school board yesterday.

The referendum presented three options including the current appointed system and a hybrid of an elected and appointed board.

Voters in Wicomico County  as they cast their ballots:

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The elected board option received more than 50 percent of the vote while the other two were evenly split.

Somerset School Board Upset

In an upset challenger Troy Brittingham was elected to the Fourth District seat in the Somerset County school board election yesterday beating out incumbent Dan Kuebler.

Sara Thompson and Elena McComas also won their races.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Brittingham who took over 54 percent of the vote had hoped to earn the support of the more tech savvy millennial generation.

He told a crowd last night that he was surprised at his victory but added he couldn’t wait to get started.

Incumbent Warner Sumpter was returned to the school board since he was unopposed in the election.  

Congressman Andy Harris

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Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md)

Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris easily won re-election to a fourth term receiving 68 percent of the vote and picking up nearly 230-thousand votes.

Democrat Joe Werner trailed far behind the Republican with 28 percent or nearly 29-thousand votes.

Coming in third was Libertarian Candidate Matt Beers who came in with 12 percent.

The First Congressional District was redrawn by Democrats to be more Republican to allow them to pick up another seat in the state delegation.

No Woman in MD Delegation

BALTIMORE (AP) - For the first time in decades, Maryland will be without a woman in the state's congressional delegation.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, won the seat that will be open when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires next year after 30 years in office. In April's Democratic primary, Van Hollen defeated Rep. Donna Edwards, who was the only female to hold one of the state's eight U.S. House seats.

Maryland has had at least one woman in the state's congressional delegation since 1971. Although Hillary Clinton won Maryland's 10 electoral votes, voters Tuesday said gender was not a top concern.

Van Hollen defeated Del. Kathy Szeliga for Mikulski's seat. Szeliga is the minority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Delaware Makes State History

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Rep-Elect Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-De)

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Former Delaware Labor Secretary Lisa Blunt Rochester has won Delaware's U.S. House race, becoming the first African-American and first woman elected to represent the state in Congress.

Riding voter registration numbers that heavily favor Democrats, Rochester defeated Republican Hans Reigle in Tuesday's election.

Rochester, a political newcomer, loaned her campaign more than $400,000 and spent almost $1 million in topping a crowded field of Democratic primary candidates before defeating Reigle, a retired military pilot and former mayor of the Kent County town of Wyoming.

Rochester, who has said her focus in Congress would be jobs, the economy and equal pay for equal work, will succeed fellow Democrat John Carney, who vacated Delaware's lone seat in the House to run for governor.

Changing of the Guard in DE

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Governor-Elect John Carney (D-De)

Eight years after losing a Democratic gubernatorial primary to current Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Rep. John Carney Jr. was elected governor Tuesday.

In other races, Democratic state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long won the contest to fill Delaware's vacant lieutenant governor's seat, and New Castle County Sheriff Trinidad Navarro was elected insurance commissioner.

Meanwhile, Democratic state Senate president pro tem Patricia Blevins was the only incumbent member of the legislature to lose Tuesday.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.