United States Senate election in Maryland, 2010
|Elections in Maryland|
The 2010 United States Senate election in Maryland was held on November 2, 2010. Primary elections were held on September 14, 2010. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski won re-election to a fifth term.
According to Baltimore Sun columnist David Nitkin, Mikulski had indicated she planned to seek re-election to a fifth term. If Mikulski were to win re-election and serve the full term, she would tie Paul Sarbanes as the longest serving senator in state history, and also becoming the longest serving female senator in history, turning 80 years old in the process. On February 15, 2010, rumors began to circulate that Mikulski would not seek reelection; however, these were denied by Democratic sources soon after.
High-profile opposition for Mikulski was not anticipated since she remained popular in the state. She has previously won senate elections in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004 by margins of 21, 42, 41 and 31 percentage points, respectively. Additionally, in the general election, state Republicans are expected to focus most of their attention on the seats of Governor Martin O'Malley and first-term Congressman Frank Kratovil, the latter of whom won a surprise victory in a conservative district of the state. Nitkin and Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball consider her seat as overwhelmingly "safe."
|Democratic primary results|
|Democratic||Barbara Mikulski (incumbent)||388,868||82.32%|
|Democratic||Christopher J. Garner||35,579||7.53%|
|Democratic||A. Billy Bob Jaworski||15,131||3.20%|
|Democratic||Theresa C. Scaldaferri||7,913||1.68%|
|Republican primary results|
|Republican||Neil H. Cohen||13,613||5.68%|
|Republican||Daniel W. McAndrew||8,460||3.53%|
|Republican||John B. Kimble||8,081||3.37%|
|Republican||Samuel R. Graham, Sr.||6,600||2.75%|
|Republican||Barry Steve Asbury||5,900||2.46%|
- Barbara Mikulski (D), incumbent U.S. Senator
- Eric Wargotz (R), Queen Anne's County Commissioner and doctor
- Don Kaplan (Independent)
- Richard Shawver (Constitution)
- Kenniss Henry (Green)
- Natasha Pettigrew (deceased) was the Green Party candidate. On September 19, while cycling, Pettigrew was hit by an SUV. Her mother, Kenniss Henry, was chosen by the Green Party to replace Pettigrew on the ballot.
Dr. Wargotz released two television ads, the first comparing Mikulski to a dinosaur by calling her a political "insidersaurus" for being in Washington for over thirty years. A second ad showed a hammer hitting a brick wall, breaking it down and citing criticisms of Mikulski's record as a U.S. Senator. Mikulski released positive advertisements emphsizing education and job creation. The incumbent had one of the highest approval ratings among U.S. Senators in the nation, with a 54% approval rating in a PPP poll.
Despite Wargotz's limited campaign and resources he received the highest percentage of votes against Mikulski as an incumbent U.S. Senator (over 20 years.)
Despite repeated requests by the Wargotz Campaign formal debate(s) was declined by the incumbent U.S.Senator. The two candidates did appear together on Maryland Public Television (MPT) fielding common questions posed to both by the moderator but formal debate was not held.
|Cook Political Report||Solid D||October 19, 2010|
|Rothenberg||Safe D||October 15, 2010|
|Swing State Project||Safe D|
|RealClearPolitics||Safe D||October 19, 2010|
|Sabato's Crystal Ball||Safe D||October 14, 2010|
|CQ Politics||Safe D||October 19, 2010|
|Barbara Mikulski (D)||Eric Wargotz (R)||Other||Undecided|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||October 24, 2010||750||± 4.0%||56%||38%||2%||4%|
|Baltimore Sun/OpinionWorks (report)||October 15–20, 2010||798||± 3.5%||59%||32%||––||8%|
|Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (report)||October 11–16, 2010||816||± 3.5%||55%||38%||––||7%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||September 15, 2010||750||± 4.0%||54%||38%||4%||4%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||August 20, 2010||750||± 4.0%||55%||39%||3%||3%|
|Public Policy Polling (report)||July 10–12, 2010||569||± 4.1%||59%||27%||––||14%|
|Rasmussen Reports (report)||July 8, 2010||500||± 4.5%||58%||33%||2%||7%|
|Candidate (party)||Receipts||Disbursements||Cash on hand||Debt||Cash minus debt|
|Barbara Mikulski (D)||$3,690,724||$2,792,437||$1,772,774||$0||$1,772,774|
|Eric Wargotz (R)||$1,210,327||$743,392||$466,931||$459,600||$-7331.|
|Source: Federal Election Commission|
|United States Senate election in Maryland, 2010|
|Democratic||Barbara Mikulski (incumbent)||1,140,531||62.19%||-2.61%|
- Nitkin, David (November 12, 2008). "Smooth sailing for Mikulski". Maryland Politics Blog. Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
- Geraghty, Jim (February 15, 2010). "Let's Get Real: Barbara Mikulski Does Not Fear a Loss This Year.". National Review. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- Hockstader, Lee (February 16, 2010). "Mikulski another Dem retirement? Not likely.". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
- "Senate 2010: A three-peat for Democrats or Comeback for the GOP?". Crystal Ball. February 19, 2009.
- "Maryland Senate Primary Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- Natasha Pettigrew – Mother to replace Green Party nominee for Senate – Baltimore Sun
- Pershing, Ben; Dropp, Kyle (October 4, 2010). "Mikulski leads despite drop in popularity". The Washington Post.
- Public Policy Polling: The most...and least...popular Senators of 2010
- "Senate". Cook Political Report. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- "Senate Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- "Battle for the Senate". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- "2010 Senate Ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- "Race Ratings Chart: Senate". CQ Politics. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
- "2010 House and Senate Campaign Finance for Maryland". fec.gov. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Maryland State Board of Elections
- Maryland State Board of Elections
- U.S. Congress candidates for Maryland at Project Vote Smart
- Maryland U.S. Senate from OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions from Open Secrets
- 2010 Maryland Polls graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- Election 2010: Maryland Senate from Rasmussen Reports
- Maryland Senate from Real Clear Politics
- 2010 Maryland Senate Race from CQ Politics
- Race profile from The New York Times
- Candidate blogs at The Baltimore Sun
- Official campaign sites
- Barbara Mikulski for U.S. Senate incumbent
- Daniel W. McAndrew for U.S. Senate
- Rutledge for U.S. Senate
- Vaughn for U.S. Senate
- Wargotz for U.S. Senate
- Dr. Neil Cohen for U.S. Senate
Ben Cardin (D)
|United States Senate election in Maryland
Barbara Mikulski (D)