Once again maintaining its role as a Republican stronghold in an otherwise Democratic state, Harford County overwhelmingly supported the Presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Bongino, and voted against the Dream Act, gay marriage and expanded gambling – even though the state of Maryland at-large chose Barack Obama and Joe Biden, re-elected U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, and approved the controversial ballot questions.
With 75 of 79 precincts reporting in Harford County (and absentee and provisional ballots reminaing to be counted), Romney garnered 69,122 votes (58.87%) to Obama’s 45,221 (38.51%). The numbers nearly mirror the local Presidential vote in 2008, when Harford County overwhelmingly supported McCain with 71,751 votes (58.19%) to Obama’s 48,552 votes (39.38%).
Similarly, even though the Democratic incumbent Cardin was re-elected in a landslide statewide, Harford County threw 37.12% of its support (42,767) to Republican challenger Bongino and only 33.92% of the vote (39,088) to Cardin.
Regarding the statewide questions on the ballot, Harford County voters supported Questions 1, 2, 3 and 5, while rejecting Questions 4 (Dream Act), 6 (gay marriage), and 7 (expanded gambling). Statewide, voters supported all seven ballot issues.
Harford County voters also overwhelmingly approved all six Charter Amendments on the ballot.
The results will be certified as official following:
– Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 10am – 1st Absentee Canvass
– Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 10am – Provisional Ballot
– Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 10am – 2nd Absentee Ballot Canvass