Maryland gubernatorial election, 2002

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Maryland gubernatorial election, 2002
Maryland
1998 ←
November 4, 2002
→ 2006

  Robert ehrlich speaking at healthierUS summit cropped.jpg Kathleen Kennedy Townsend giving out awards, 2001, cropped.jpg
Nominee Bob Ehrlich Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Michael Steele Charles R. Larson
Popular vote 879,592 813,422
Percentage 51.55% 47.68%

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Election results by county

Governor before election

Parris Glendening
Democratic

Elected Governor

Bob Ehrlich
Republican

The 2002 Maryland gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2002. Democratic Governor Parris Glendening was term-limited and could not seek a third term. Bob Ehrlich defeated Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, enabling him to become the first Republican governor since Spiro Agnew in 1966.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Republican Party[edit]

Primary election[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 434,948 80.01%
Democratic Robert Fustero 108,659 19.99%
Totals 543,607 100%
Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Ehrlich 229,927 92.88%
Republican James J. Sheridan 9,181 3.71%
Republican Ross Z. Pierpont 8,458 3.42%
Totals 247,566 100%

General election[edit]

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend won the Democratic nomination, and Congressman Robert Ehrlich won the Republican nomination.

Ehrlich choose Maryland Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele as his running mate, while Townsend choose Admiral Charles R. Larson as her running mate. Larson switched to the Democratic party just a few weeks before the election.

Kennedy's selection of Larson as her running mate proved to be an unpopular move, seeing as he was a white former Republican and had been selected without consultation with black Democratic leaders.[3] Ehrlich ran advertisements assailing incumbent Governor Parris Glendening for the increasingly dismal fiscal situation in Maryland, an issue that resonated with Maryland voters. Glendening's unpopularity did little to help his Lieutenant Governor's flailing campaign.[4]

Results[edit]

Maryland gubernatorial election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert Ehrlich 879,592 51.55% +6.74%
Democratic Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 813,422 47.68% -7.47%
Libertarian Spear Lancaster 11,546 0.68%
Write-ins 1,619 0.09%
Majority 66,170 3.88% -6.45%
Turnout 1,706,179
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Maryland gubernatorial election, 2006