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Election 2020

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Maryland Matters’ Election Contest!

No matter which side(s) you’re on, there is much to fear this Election Day. It has been a draining, exhausting election, and if you’re like us, you’re glad it’s finally coming to an end.

But here is one thing to celebrate: The return of Maryland Matters’ election contest!

It’s simple: We’re asking you 10 questions, plus two tie-breakers. Cut and paste the questions as they appear here and email them, along with your answers, to [email protected] The deadline for entering is Tuesday, Nov. 3 — yes, Election Day — at high noon.

The previous contest winners — attorney Leonard L. Lucchi and now-Del. Vaughn Stewart (D-Montgomery) — were treated to lunch with our editor, Josh Kurtz. So we’ll figure out some COVID-appropriate grand prize this time.

Here are your questions — good luck!

A. Who will carry Maryland in the presidential election?


B. What percentages of the vote will Donald Trump and Joe Biden receive in Maryland? What will the cumulative percentages of all third party and write-in candidates be?

Trump ___________%

Biden ____________%

Others ___________%


C. What Maryland jurisdiction will give Donald Trump his biggest margin of victory?


D. What Maryland jurisdiction will give Joe Biden his biggest margin of victory?


E. All eight Maryland members of the U.S. House of Representatives are heavily favored to win reelection. Who will chalk up the biggest margin of victory? 


F. Which House member will have the smallest margin of victory?


G. Who will win the Baltimore mayoral election, and what percentage of the vote will the victor get?


H. Predict the percentages for the candidates in the most competitive race for a Baltimore City Council seat, in District 12:

Eugene Z. Boikai (R) ____________%

Incumbent Robert Stokes Sr. (D) ___________%

Franca Muller Paz (Green) __________%


I. Predict the outcome of the race for Cecil County executive:

Danielle Hornberger (R) ____________%

Jeff Kase (D) ______________%


J. Will State Ballot Question #1 — giving the General Assembly greater say over the state budget process beginning in 2024 — pass or fail?


Tiebreaker #1: Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) has endorsed six out-of-state candidates in November’s election:

  • U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  • Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R)
  • U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.)
  • U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
  • U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.)
  • New Jersey state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R), challenger to U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D)

Which ones will win?


Tiebreaker #2: How many raw votes will Jerome Segal, the presidential nominee of the Bread and Roses Party, win in Maryland?


Remember to email your answers to [email protected] And good luck!

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