Clinton takes Maryland; Van Hollen wins Senate

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on Election Day 2016 in Maryland (all times local):

8:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the presidential contest in Maryland.

The Democrat defeated Republican businessman Donald Trump on Tuesday to pick up 10 electoral votes.

Clinton was heavily favored to win Maryland. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in the state. Not even Republican Gov. Larry Hogan supported Trump. Instead, Hogan wrote in the name of his father.

The state's urban and suburban areas are home to many of Maryland's Democrats, while Maryland's rural areas swing Republican.

Clinton's victory marks the seventh consecutive Maryland presidential victory for Democrats.

George Bush was the last Republican to win Maryland. That was 28 years ago, in 1988.

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8:05 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen has won a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland to replace Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring after 30 years.

Van Hollen defeated Republican Kathy Szeliga on Tuesday.

Van Hollen is a seven-term congressman. The 57-year-old campaigned as an experienced candidate who is willing to reach across party lines to get things done at a time when Washington is mired in gridlock. He supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Van Hollen also supports what he describes as common-sense gun control. For instance, he is sponsoring legislation to provide incentives for states to implement handgun purchaser licensing laws.

He won with Mikulski's endorsement. She is the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress.

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7:50 p.m.

Gov. Larry Hogan has written in his father, former Rep. Lawrence Hogan, as his choice to be president.

Doug Mayer, Hogan's spokesman, said Tuesday the Republican governor voted early.

Hogan has been saying for months that he wasn't going to support Republican Donald Trump. He has said he has been extremely disappointed in the candidates from both major parties.

Mayer says the governor decided to write in the name of the person who taught him what it meant to hold public office with integrity.

The governor's father was a Maryland Republican congressman from 1969 to 1975. He also was Prince George's County executive from 1978 until 1982. He is 88.

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6:45 p.m.

Baltimore elections chief says election day has been smooth in the city, apart from some minor snags that include jams in the scanners, a disruptive supporter and a burnt out generator.

Baltimore City Board of Elections Director Armstead Jones said that about 17 scanners across the city had jamming issues during the presidential election Tuesday, but all were quickly resolved. At one polling place, a generator went down, Jones said, but he worked with the energy company to make sure power was restored to the area quickly. In the meantime, Jones said voters were still able to cast their ballots. He said "they had plenty of light."

At a West Baltimore polling place, Jones said a person "from a certain campaign" disrupted voters, but was asked to leave by an election judge and complied with the request.

Jones said as of about 3 p.m., roughly 96,000 city residents had turned out to vote.

6:15 p.m.

Maryland's elections administrator says overall voter turnout in the state has been "extraordinary."

Linda Lamone said Tuesday that the board is projecting turnout to be 80 percent or higher, though it's too soon to say for sure what it will be. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

Lamone says she wouldn't be surprised if voter turnout is higher than 80 percent.

Lamone says voter turnout in the 1992 general election was the previous high, based on available board records. It was 81 percent that year.

Long lines have been reported at polls around the state. However, Lamone says in some places voters were in and out in 15 minutes. She says waiting times varied depending on the time of day.

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2:45 p.m.

Maryland's elections administrator says officials are receiving sporadic reports of voters around the state receiving ballots that have already been marked.

Linda Lamone said by telephone Tuesday afternoon that they received similar reports during the primary and she calls it "human error."

Lamone says voters will sometimes make a mistake on a ballot and hand a used ballot back to poll workers, who are supposed to mark it "spoiled." She says some workers are getting so busy they aren't marking them and somehow give a used ballot to another voter.

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2:30 p.m.

Electronic devices are banned in Maryland polling places, but it seems that Baltimore's top prosecutor couldn't resist sharing capturing the cuteness of her daughter with her ballot and sharing it with the world.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby tweeted a picture of a girl looking over the ballot in what appears to be a voting booth on Tuesday. She wrote "We Voted today #DoYourPartAndDoTheSame #We'reWithHer @Hillary Clinton." The ballot does not appear to be filled out.

The tweet was deleted minutes later and replaced with a photo of the girl wearing an "I Voted" sticker. Mosby could not be reached for comment.

James Cabezas, chief investigator at the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor, says the ban is a regulation, but it has no penalty and isn't a criminal statute.

9:10 a.m.

Maryland's elections administrator says a handful of polling places in Baltimore opened late, but she is not hearing of any other problems as voting gets underway around the state.

Linda Lamone said by telephone Tuesday morning that the three polling places that opened late, opened within minutes. Lamone says she is hearing of long lines at some polling places in Maryland, something she attributes to "enthusiastic voters."

Maryland voters are deciding whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump will win the state's 10 electoral votes. The state's congressional seats are also on the ballot, with all incumbents seeking re-election. Voters also will pick the replacement for one of the state's most popular politicians: Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring after 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

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5 a.m.

Maryland residents will soon decide whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump will win the state's 10 electoral votes.

The state's congressional seats are also on the ballot, with all incumbents seeking re-election.

On Tuesday, voters also will pick the replacement for one of the state's most popular politicians: Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring after 30 years in the U.S. Senate.

Polls open across the state open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. A record number of Maryland residents took advantage of early voting. Over eight days, more than 800,000 voters cast ballots in the state — far more than the 430,500 people who voted early in the 2012 presidential election.

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