United States Senate election in Maryland, 2012

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United States Senate election in Maryland, 2012
Maryland
2006 ←
November 6, 2012 → 2018

  Ben Cardin, official Senate photo portrait.jpg Bongino Senate.jpg Rob Sobhani headshot.jpg
Nominee Ben Cardin Dan Bongino Rob Sobhani
Party Democratic Republican Independent
Popular vote 1,402,092 674,649 420,554
Percentage 55.4% 26.7% 16.6%

Maryland Senate Election Results by County, 2012.svg

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Ben Cardin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Ben Cardin
Democratic

The 2012 United States Senate election in Maryland took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate, House of Representatives, and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has won re-election to a second term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Cardin (incumbent) 240,704 74.2%
Democratic C. Anthony Muse 50,807 15.7%
Democratic Chris Garner 9,274 2.9%
Democratic Raymond Levi Blagmon 5,909 1.8%
Democratic J. P. Cusick 4,778 1.5%
Democratic Blaine Taylor 4,376 1.3%
Democratic Lih Young 3,993 1.2%
Democratic Ralph Jaffe 3,313 1.0%
Democratic Ed Tinus 1,064 0.3%
Totals 324,218 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Bongino 68,597 33.6%
Republican Richard J. Douglas 57,776 28.3%
Republican Joseph Alexander 18,171 8.9%
Republican Bro Broadus 11,020 5.4%
Republican Rick Hoover 10,787 5.3%
Republican John B. Kimble 10,506 5.1%
Republican David Jones 8,380 4.1%
Republican Corrogan R. Vaughn 8,158 4.0%
Republican William Thomas Capps, Jr. 7,092 3.5%
Republican Brian Vaeth 3,781 1.9%
Totals 204,268 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Debates[edit]

A candidate's forum was held on Baltimore's WOLB radio on October 24 including Senator Ben Cardin, Rob Sobhani, Dean Ahmad and Daniel Bongino.[15][16] An October 30 debate at Salisbury University to have featured those candidates and independent Ed Tinus[17] was cancelled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.[18]

Campaign[edit]

In 2006, then-U.S. Representative Ben Cardin defeated then-Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele 54%–44%.

In both 2010 and 2009, National Journal magazine rated Cardin as tied for most liberal senator, based on his voting record. As of June 30, Cardin had $1.8 million in his campaign account.[19]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Ben Cardin (D) $3,758,957 $2,248,013 $1,896,329 $0
Daniel Bongino (R) $188,419 $172,509 $15,909 $0
Dean Ahmad (L) $8,565 $6,288 $2,276 $0
S. Rob Sobhani (I) $6,472,715 $6,043,030 $429,683 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[20][21][22][23]

Top contributors[edit]

[24]

Ben Cardin Contribution Daniel Bongino Contribution
Exelon Corp $39,250 Avjet Corp $5,000
News Corp $35,375 Citizens United $5,000
Johns Hopkins University $30,300 Oheka Castle $5,000
Comcast Corp $26,123 Miller & Long Concrete Construction $4,891
Ernst & Young $26,000 Perinatal Center of Oklahoma $4,790
Gallagher, Evelius & Jones $24,250 NORPAC $21,730
Venable LLP $23,750 NYPD $3,950
DLA Piper $23,250 Fitzgerald Shamrock Restaurant $3,947
DaVita Inc $22,000 Davidsonville Veterinary Clinic $3,250
Blue Cross & Blue Shield $20,750 Constitutional Conservatives Fund $2,500

Top industries[edit]

[25]

Ben Cardin Contribution Daniel Bongino Contribution
Lawyers/Law Firms $441,242 Retired $20,152
Real Estate $354,920 General Contractors $8,641
Health Professionals $317,509 Civil Servants/Public Officials $8,135
Financial Institutions $301,161 Health Professionals $6,540
Pro-Israel $236,792 Real Estate $5,700
Retired $222,410 Republican/Conservative $5,500
Lobbyists $213,559 Lodging/Tourism $5,000
Insurance $191,300 Computers/Internet $4,110
Leadership PACs $191,000 Food industry & Beverage $3,947
Entertainment industry $188,806 Financial Institutions $3,800

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Ben
Cardin (D)
Daniel
Bongino (R)
Rob
Sobhani (I)
Other Undecided
OpinionWorks October 20–23, 2012 801 ± 3.5% 50% 24% 14% 2% 10%
Washington Post October 11–15, 2012 843 ± 4% 53% 22% 14% 2% 9%
Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies September 17–23, 2012 813 ± 3.5% 50% 22% 21% 7%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Maryland, 2012[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ben Cardin (incumbent) 1,402,092 55.41 +1.20
Republican Daniel Bongino 674,649 26.66 -17.53
Independent S. Rob Sobhani 420,554 16.62 N/A
Libertarian Dean Ahmad 30,672 1.21 +1.21
N/A Others (write-in) 2,583 0.10 +0.05
Majority 727,443 100.00
Turnout 2,530,550 68.23
Democratic hold Swing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Maryland former political science teacher plans to file as Democratic candidate for US Senate". The Washington Post. Associated Press. September 21, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2011/11/cardin_to_kick_off_campaign.html
  3. ^ http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/GOV/2012/01/12-42/Political-Notes-O-Malley-receives-planning-award.html
  4. ^ http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-senate-muse-20120105,0,4435801.story
  5. ^ Fritze, John (April 3, 2012). "Ben Cardin wins Senate primary". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Ex-agent Bongino wins Republican Senate primary; will face Sen. Benjamin Cardin in November". The Washington Post. April 4, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Official 2012 Presidential Primary Election results for U.S. Senator". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ex-Secret Service Agent To Run For Senate". CBS Baltimore. Associated Press. May 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "John Bolton says Md. is "winnable" for GOP". The Baltimore Sun. March 6, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Politics1 Online Guide to Maryland Politics". politics1.com. November 28, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ Farrell, Liam (December 8, 2010). "Ehrlich not interested in another office". The Capital. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/2011/05/murphy_to_chair_senate_campaig.html
  13. ^ Fritze, John (November 3, 2011). "Wargotz forgoes Senate run". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandy-Baker-Socialist-for-US-Senate-Maryland-2012/470641279628329
  15. ^ Razzi, Robin (24 October 2012). "Senatorial Debate 2012: What You Missed". WOLB. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  16. ^ White, Brian (25 October 2012). "Maryland Senate candidates debate on economy". Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "Maryland Gazette Political Notes: Cardin, Bongino, Sobhani set first debate in Salisbury". Maryland Gazette. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  18. ^ Kunkle, Fredrick (2 November 2012). "Rob Sobhani, independent in Maryland Senate race, makes closing argument". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 November 2012. Hurricane Sandy forced Salisbury University to call off a debate that would have put him on the same stage with Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Republican challenger Daniel Bongino. 
  19. ^ Wagner, John; Pershing, Ben (September 28, 2011). "In Md., Anthony Muse considers primary challenge to Sen. Cardin". The Washington Post. 
  20. ^ Cardin
  21. ^ Bongino Campaign Finances
  22. ^ Ahmad
  23. ^ Rob Sobhani Campaign Finances
  24. ^ [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/contrib.php?cycle=2012&id=MDS1 Center for Responsive Politics
  25. ^ donations by industry
  26. ^ "Unofficial 2012 Presidential General Election results for Representative in Congress". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved Nov 12, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Daniel Bongino
Ben Cardin
Rob Sobhani