Dems hold strong in Md. counties, elect 1st African-American exec in Howard Co.


Maryland Democrats added to their control at the county level, ousting Republican county executives in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

WASHINGTON — Maryland voters re-elected Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — the first GOP governor to win a second term since the 1950s. And at the same time, Democrats added to their control at the county level, ousting Republican county executives in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

Howard County saw an especially historic turnout, as Democratic County Councilman Calvin Ball defeated Republican Allan Kittleman and will be the county’s first African-American county executive.

Ball defeated Kittleman by more than 6,000 votes, 52 percent to Kittleman’s 47 percent. Kittleman served as county executive for the past four years and was the first…

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