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|Elections in Maryland
The Maryland Democratic Presidential Primary took place on
February 12, 2008. Nicknamed the "Potomac Primary" or the "Chesapeake
Primary" because the District of
Columbia and Virginia also held
their primaries that day (and all three border the Potomac River), a
total of 70 delegates were up for grabs in Maryland. The
winner in each of Maryland's
eight congressional districts was awarded all of that
district's delegates, totaling 46. Another 24 delegates were
awarded to the statewide winner, Barack Obama. The 70 delegates represented
Maryland at the Democratic National
Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Twenty-nine other unpledged delegates, known as superdelegates,
also attended the convention and cast their votes as well.
By order of a judge, the
polling places in the Maryland Democratic Primary were extended to
9:30 p.m. EST in order to compensate for voters who
were delayed in traffic by inclement weather. The same day, an
intense ice storm brought .25 inches-1 inch of ice accumulations
With its significant African
American population and high concentration of highly educated
and highly affluent Caucasian progressive/liberal professionals,
Maryland was a state that was very favorable for Barack Obama
coming out of Super Tuesday.
According to exit polls, 53 percent of voters in the Maryland
Democratic Primary were Caucasian and they opted for Clinton by a
margin of 52-42 compared to the 37 percent of African American
voters who backed Obama by a margin of 84-15. Hispanics/Latinos, which
comprised 4 percent of the electorate, supported Clinton by a
margin of 55-45. Obama swept all age groups, socioeconomic/income
classes and educational attainment categories in Maryland as well.
Of the 84 percent of self-identified Democrats who voted in the
primary, 59 percent backed Obama while 40 percent supported
Clinton; Independents, which made up 13
percent of the voters, also backed Obama by a 62-27 margin. Obama
also won all ideological groups. Regarding religion, Obama won Protestants by a
margin of 51-44 percent, other Christians by a margin of 74-21,
other religions by a margin of 61-39, and atheists/agnostics by a margin of 62-37; Clinton won
Roman Catholics by a margin of 48-45 and Jews by a margin of 60-40
Obama performed extremely well in the more urban parts of the state in and around Baltimore and the Washington,
D.C. suburbs while Clinton performed strongly in the more rural parts of
the state like the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland, which takes
in parts of Appalachia.
Although Clinton received two big endorsements from Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Barbara
Mikulski, it was not enough to help her much in the state, as
many of the demographics were largely in Barack Obama’s favor.