Mikulski leading statewide vote-getter
Re-elected Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was Maryland's top vote-getter in Tuesday's midterm election, outpolling Gov. Martin O'Malley and other statewide candidates in contested races.
However, her victory margin dipped from past elections, according to unofficial, nearly complete returns. In capturing her fifth six-year term, she received about 62 percent of the vote, down about seven points from the average of her three previous re-election races and the lowest since her initial election to the Senate in 1986.
Except for freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil, who was unseated by Republican challenger Andy Harris, other incumbent Democrats also tallied re-election percentages of more than 60 percent. All saw slippage in their winning margins, a reflection of voter unhappiness with Democratic governance in Washington.
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the state's lone Republican in Washington until Harris is sworn in next January, bucked the downward trend. The Frederick congressman pulled 62 percent of the vote, up from 58 and 59 percent in the last two elections, when Democrats were ascendant.