BALTIMORE (WJZ) — More than 2.5 million Marylanders cast their ballots in the presidential election.
While Hillary Clinton won the state by large numbers, some counties were close. Anne Arundel County, in particular, seems to mirror what we’ve seen nationwide.
It’s true, in the race for the White House, Maryland is not considered a battleground. But when you look at the map, Maryland looks divided.
“Maryland is very, very much still a blue state,” says Dr. Mileah Kromer, of Goucher College.
Despite having a Republican governor with sky-high approval ratings, 60-percent of registered voters in Maryland voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Just 35-percent voted for Donald Trump.
“Baltimore metropolitan area, clear down to those capital counties, is where the bulk of Marylanders actually live,” says Kromer.
The tightest race in the state was in Anne Arundel County, where Clinton edged out Trump by less than 2,000 votes.
“Rural America votes very differently than urban America,” said Republican Steve Schuh, Anne Arundel County Executive.
Clinton is the first Democrat to win the county since 1952.
County Executive Steve Schuh says Anne Arundel is a good reflection of the country as a whole.
“We have every type of voter, every type of demographic, every type of voting pattern,” he said.
And he says those voters focus on the character of the candidate, not necessarily their party.
“People were really picking and choosing as they went down the ballot, much more than in past years,” Schuh said.
Now, with the results in: “Half of the country is thrilled. The other half is just devastated,” one woman said.
Another factor that may have played into Maryland’s vote — Governor Hogan’s outspoken opposition to Trump.
In Anne Arundel County, many Republicans cast protest votes against Trump, instead casting their ballots for Libertarian Gary Johnson.