Maryland Primary Facts and Figures

Compiled by the U.S.News & World Report library staff.

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Compiled by the U.S.News & World Report library staff

Presidential Primary Winners

Democrats

  • 1988 Michael Dukakis
  • 1992 Paul Tsongas
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Republicans

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 George H. W. Bush
  • 1996 Bob Dole
  • 2000 George W. Bush
  • 2004 George W. Bush

Source: Maryland Office of the Secretary of State

2008 Voter Registration Data

3,135,773 registered voters as of 1/22/2008

Party Affiliation

  • Democrat: 55%
  • Republican: 28%
  • Unaffiliated: 16%

Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

General Election Winners

  • 1988 George H. W. Bush
  • 1992 Bill Clinton
  • 1996 Bill Clinton
  • 2000 Al Gore
  • 2004 John Kerry

Exit Poll Demographics

2004 Presidential Election

Gender

  • Male:  46%
  • Female:  54%

Race

  • White:  71%
  • African-American:  24%
  • Latino:  2%
  • Asian:  1%
  • Other:  2%

Age

  • 18-29:  14%
  • 30-44:  30%
  • 45-64:  35%
  • 65+:  20%
  • 18-64:  88%
  • 65+:  12%

Party Affiliation

  • Democrat:  48%
  • Republican:  30%
  • Independent:  22%

Religion

  • Protestant:  53%
  • Catholic:  24%
  • Jewish:  8%
  • Other:  7%
  • None:  8%

White Conservative Protestant

  • Yes:  12%
  • No:  88%

3 Things You Didn't Know About Maryland Primaries

1. Because of the earlier primary date this year, for the first time in decades, Maryland's Democratic primary will be of significance and have some bearing on the nomination. In the newly christened "Potomac Primary" or "Chesapeake Primary," Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. will vote on the same day.

2. This year, the State Board of Elections reinstated the rule that 17-year-olds who will be 18 by November 4 are eligible to vote in the primary. This adds 15,200 voters, of whom 68 percent registered as Democrats.

3. While campaigning in a Maryland shopping center on May 15, 1972, Democratic candidate George Wallace was shot by would-be assassin Arthur Bremer. Wallace won the primary the next day but was paralyzed from the waist down and withdrew from the campaign. The Democratic nomination went to George McGovern, who lost to Richard Nixon in a landslide. Bremer was released from prison in November 2007.

Sources:
Maryland State Board of Elections
CNN.com Election Results
Maryland Democratic Party
CQ Politics: History of Presidential Primaries
The Almanac of American Politics
Congressional Quarterly's Guide to American Politics