Election night parties: O'Malley, Ehrlich, Frank Kratovil, Andy Harris, and more
In about a a half hour, Maryland polls will close, leaving politicians up for election with nothing to do but pray and drink.
Regardless of political affiliation, most will wait out the results in election-night watching parties, or, as the more confident among them call them, "victory parties." This year, there's even a ballot initiative that gets its own shindig. Others, will be in their PJs watching CNN.
Governor Martin O'Malley, who leads in most polls, will have his party at the American Visionary Art Museum. Doors open at 8 p.m. and will be open to the public. Parking is limited.
No word yet on if O'Malley's March (right) will perform, though, it's likely supporters would rather hear Bob Ehrlich do his own take of "Let the Eagle Soar."
Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is cruising towards re-election, will forgo her own hoedown to go to the AVM, as will Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Bob Ehrlich got cocky with his party, already calling it a "victory party" despite lagging in the polls. He will be at Exhibition Hall at the Timonium Fairgrounds starting at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, former Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy will be watching the election from his couch in Montgomery County. He did wish Ehrlich good luck, though. GOP Senate candidate Eric Wargotz has no events listed on his campaign website.
In the congressional race, polls show Frank Kratovil and Andy Harris in a tight contest. The former spent the morning eating burgers and visiting poll stations in Annapolis and Phoenix. He will have an election-night party for "supporters and media" at the Crab Deck Restaurant in Grasonville starting at 8 p.m.
Just half a mile away, his opponent Andy Harris will have his "victory party" at Harris Crab House at the same time. The campaign website asked supporters to RSVP.
On the county side, Kevin Kamenetz will hold his election party at the Hilton Pikesville starting soon after polls close. His opponent, Kevin Holt, doesn't list a schedule on his campaign website.
On this wacky election season, even ballot initiatives get their own parties. Both Cordish Cos. and opponents of slots at Arundel Mills Mall are celebrating. Cordish, up until an hour ago, kept the location of its party a secret. Update 1: The Cordish party started at 9 p.m. at Dave & Buster's at Arundel Mills Mall.
But the "No Slots at the Mall" coalition will gather at the Dorchester Community Center in Hanover to watch election results.
If you go to any of these parties tonight, report back in the comments.
Photo: O'Malley's March website