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How Greenbelters Voted

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Big thanks to the Greenbelt News Review (page 1) for this full report on local voting in the 2018 midterm and gubernatorial election. Time to look at the races that were in play and what the results say about us.


Above, headline and photo from this article in the Washington Post.


Statewide, incumbent Republican Governor Hogan won with 57% of the vote but just 26% in Greenbelt and 28% in Prince George’s County. At Springhill Elementary, Hogan’s worst precinct, he got just 16% of the vote.

Wow, are we out of tune with the state, or what? The other counties Hogan lost were Montgomery County (where he got 44.6%) and Baltimore County (the only other majority-minority county besides Prince George’s), where Hogan got just 31.9% of the vote.


Incumbent Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, won with 64% statewide. Here in Greenbelt he won 87% of the vote and in our county, 90%.

For the House, Democratic incumbent and powerhouse within the Democratic Caucus Steny Hoyer won with 70% in his district and even better in Greenbelt, with 86%.

So Jealous clearly didn’t lost a lot of otherwise-Democratic voters, as predicted, since both Cardin and Hoyer did better even in Greenbelt and the county than other Ds on the ticket.

School Board

One surprising result, at least to me, was that Joshua Thomas beat Lupi Grady for School Board, with Grady getting 43% of the vote county-wide and just 39% here. I didn’t follow the election closely but felt almost assaulted at the early-voting place by Thomas supporters bad-mouthing Grady. A Grady supporter then grabbed me to bad-mouth Thomas. I’d never experienced that at a polling place before, and I know I’m not the only voter who noticed.


In Greenbelt, 41% voted, up from 37 percent in the last midterm/governor’s race, in 2014. It’s way up since the June primary, when only 26% voted, despite it being the contest that really counts for some positions – like county executive.  Angela Alsobrooks (of whom I’m a big fan) won that position with no Republican opponent.

Early Voting

About a third of votes cast in PG County and in Maryland were early, and I’ve seen no evidence that the percentage was different here in Greenbelt.

Greenbelt and Prince George’s v. Montgomery County

I moved to Greenbelt after decades in Takoma Park, which calls itself the leftiest burb in the DC area, so I wondered – it that true of how it votes? Sadly, after much googling I found no report of how Takoma Park voted – just this statewide report by county. Here’s what I learned there:

While Prince George’s voted 70.8% for Jealous; only 54.5% of Montgomery County residents voted for him. And the less contested senatorial race of Ben Cardin was similar – 90 percent support from our county versus 77% support from MoCty.

That clarifies that at least our county is bluer than Montgomery, but it also points to the many in Prince George’s who split their vote, giving Democrats their votes for most offices while voting for the Republican Hogan. (Cardin got 90% of PG votes v. the 74% that voted for Jealous.)

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5 Responses

  1. Susan Harris
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    Rodney, just found this – that MoCty became majority-minority in around 2010, when it was about 45 percent white. https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/news/montgomery-county-is-much-more-diverse-than-rest-of-us/

  2. Susan Harris
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    Rodney, it sure is. I used “county” for “city,” I get confused – “Baltimore” is the name of a county inside a city, right?

  3. Rodney Atkins
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    Baltimore City is not majority minority?

  4. Tom Jones
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    If I read the first footnote correctly, it appears the 41% turnout doesn’t include early & absentee votes, so it’ll be higher when full tallies are in.

    • Susan Harris
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      Good catch! Do you know where to find the total turn-out number? Also, is the percentage a percentage of registered voters or total voting-age population? Inquiring minds want to know, so they ask Tom Jones.

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