MD Senate Race: Ben Cardin (D) declared victor over Michael Steele (R) … NOT SO FAST


With only a small percentage of the vote counted, Cardin is declared the victor in the Maryland US Senate race over Republican challenger Michael Steele. This was the wild card race as many thought that Steele might pull off the upset.

One think is for certain, Michael Steele showed himself to be a great candidate and will be on the national stage for some time to come. He ran one of the best campaigns of all of the Republican candidates this year. In a state that is 2 to 1 Democrats to Republicans, Steele did himself proud. He will be back.

We agree with Lorie Byrd at WIZBANG, this loss was “the heartbreak of the night”.

With the Republican Senate losses of Rick Santorum in PA, Lincoln Chafee in RI and DeWine in OH the Republican control of the US Senate is looking bleak. Conventional wisdom was that Democrats would most likely gain control of the House, but Republicans would keep control of the Senate, even if a slim majority. Now that is not looking good. Republican control of the Senate hinges on four races: (Democrats need to win 3 of 4)

Keep up to date with the CNN Senate tracking

  • (R) Corker vs (D) Ford Jr in Tennessee (As of 10:10 EDT Corker leads 52–47)
  • (R) Talent vs (D) McCaskill in Missouri (Talent leads 53–43)
  • (R) Allen vs (D) Webb in Virginia (Allen leads 50–49)
  • (R) Burns vs. Tester in Montana (no precincts reporting yet)

UPDATE I: Not so fast says NRO. This is rather interesting, hope its not just wishful thinking. TKS of National Review is not buying the Michael Steele loss. Hmmm. That would make my night. We shall see, love to see it when a network has to pull back a prediction. Especially when they make the call from exit polling.

They don’t buy the CNN and ABC call on Cardin. The early numbers have Steele up, and they have a lot of absentees that won’t get counted for a while. That’s based entirely on exit polls, which are wrong. (NRO)

UPDATE II: As Michelle Malkin states, “Michael Steele not conceding”

“The Steele campaign is not conceding. Every vote must be counted.” (NRO)

UPDATE III: MD – U.S. Senate
48% Precincts Reporting
Michael Steele  Republican 348,232 (50%)
Ben Cardin Democrat 331,924 (48%)
Kevin Zeese    Green 11,242 (2%)

UPDATE IV: MD – U.S. Senate
57% Precincts Reporting

Ben Cardin Democrat 391,027 (50%)
  Michael Steele Republican 374,807 (48%)
  Kevin Zeese Green 12,832 (2%)
Posted November 7, 2006 by
Politics | 3 comments

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “MD Senate Race: Ben Cardin (D) declared victor over Michael Steele (R) … NOT SO FAST”

    1. Rammstein on November 8th, 2006 7:47 am

      yes so fast, Cardin by a whopping 8% margin wins

    2. Scared Monkeys on November 8th, 2006 9:37 am

      Whatever Ramm … Steele is a tremendous person and candidate. Its MD’s loss.

      If those in MD, especially black voters ever wonder why they are forever taken for granted, they have no reason to complain anymore.

    3. SB on November 9th, 2006 2:51 pm

      the neocons try to hold on to something long past its rational timeframe.

      The people of USA dont want war mongers, haters, mean spirited people, bigots, and liars .. thus the republicans are HISTORY

      God bless america.

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