At least six General Assembly incumbents were trailing opponents after early primary returns Tuesday evening — but many incumbents were turning back tough challenges.
With early results reported from polls across the state, state Sen.
"People like independence, and they like someone who will stand up to the establishment," said Brochin, who's voted against several of the governor's tax increases.
Conway, who declared victory, said she believed Henry's campaign was too negative and that turned voters off.
"People know that I do good work," Conway said. "I refused to stoop to his level in terms of negativity and misinformation. I think people respected that."
In another closely watched race,
Other incumbents faced tougher challenges. Baltimore City Dels. Keith Haynes, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. and Melvin L. Stukes were redistricted into a race for a single Southwest Baltimore seat. Haynes led after early voting results. If he prevails, that would leave Mitchell and Stukes — both General Assembly veterans — out of office.
Hough said many members of the GOP are fed up with the policies of Democrat O'Malley, who is term-limited.
"It's a large shot at the establishment in
On the Eastern Shore, incumbent Sen.
Anne Arundel Del. Don Dwyer, whose campaign was hampered by a conviction related to a drunken boating accident, trailed four candidates in a six-challenger primary.
Despite an ethics censure by the General Assembly,
With more than 540 candidates running for 141 seats in the House of Delegates and 47 seats in the state Senate, Tuesday's primaries set up a number of November showdowns between
But for some in heavily Democratic districts like Baltimore City or heavily Republican districts like
In Baltimore City, several state senators led despite spirited campaigns run by opponents. In Northwest Baltimore's District 41, Sen.
Incumbent Dels. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Nathaniel T. Oaks and Jill P. Carter were ahead in races to retain their seats in District 41, as did Maggie McIntosh, Curt Anderson and Mary Washington in the 43rd District in North Baltimore.
In North Baltimore's District 40, newcomer Antonio Hayes led incumbent Dels. Frank Conaway Jr., Barbara Robinson and Shawn Z. Tarrant in races to retain their seats. If that holds, Tarrant would leave office after two terms.
In Southeast Baltimore's District 46, Democratic attorney Brook Lierman led a race to join incumbent Dels. Luke H. Clippinger and Peter A. Hammen.
Lierman, the daughter of Democratic stalwart Terry Lierman, had worked on the presidential runs of
"I've had such incredible support from so many friends, old and new," said Lierman. "It's just been an amazing experience."
In East Baltimore's District 45, where McFadden led Henson, newcomer Democrat Cory McCray appeared likely to join Dels. Talmadge Branch and Cheryl Glenn.
In Baltimore County, if Brochin survives a challenge from the left, he'll face a challenge from the right: Republican doctor Tim Robinson.
Republicans Del. Susan L. Aumann and Chris West led a race to advance to the general election in District 42B.
The county's delegation also could see newcomers in office on both its western and eastern sides. New delegates are expected to win primaries in the
Incumbent Democratic Dels. Dan Morhaim and Dana M. Stein and newcomer Shelly Hettleman led in District 11, while Democrats Eric Ebersole, Clarence K. Lam and Terri L. Hill were ahead in the race to advance in District 12.
In nearby District 44, Democrats Charles E. Sydnor III, Aaron J. Barnett and Pat Young led the race advance to the general election.
Democratic Dels. Shane Pendergrass and Frank Turner and attorney Vanessa Atterbeary were ahead in early results in District 13.
Baltimore Sun reporters Matt Bracken and Will Fesperman contributed to this article.