A leadership crisis at the University of Maryland and within D.C.’s Catholic Archdiocese. Record rain and another 1,000-year-flood that devastated a community. A 10-year-old’s senseless slaying, and a D.C. sports team’s triumph on the ice. Take a look back at some of the local news stories that dominated the headlines in 2018.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan won a historic re-election in Maryland, but his decisive victory largely failed to translate into down-ballot success for the GOP in the state. Marylanders “voted Hogan and, then, they voted Democrat everywhere else and that swept out a lot of folks who otherwise looked like they might have been safe,” one analyst said.
Democrat Marc Elrich, a veteran county council member, easily fended off two challengers — including a third-party run from his former Democratic colleague — in the race for Montgomery County executive.
Democrat David Trone handily bested his Republican competitor in the race for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, keeping the seat securely in Democratic hands.
As of shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, even after the additional ballots arrived, there were reports of hundreds of people still waiting to vote at Brandywine Elementary. The ballot snag has also delayed reporting of voting results statewide.
There is a lot up for grabs Tuesday. All 435 House races are on the ballot, with Democrats feeling optimistic about winning control of the chamber. In the Senate, 35 seats are at stake, with Republicans positioned to hold — and possibly expand — the party’s slim majority.
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.