Results: Van Hollen Unseats Morella in 8th District
According to results published by the board of elections, state
Sen. Christopher Van Hollen defeated U.S. Rep. Connie Morella
in the race for the Maryland 8th District U.S. House seat. Van
Hollen garnered 51.7 percent of the vote in the primarily Democratic,
but historically independent district.
Morella won 47.5 percent of the vote. Despite
her personal appeal and successful 16 years as the district's
representative, Morella failed to convince a majority of voters
that as a liberal Republican, she had the power to help shape
the agenda in the House of Representatives. (12/06)
Face Complicated Political Situation in District 8
Voters are being torn between two political worlds, one where
they focus on the records, experience and policy positions of
the candidates and one where they consider the mechanisms of party
Spar in Civil Debate
In a 30-minute exchange, Democrat Chris Van Hollen and Republican
Rep. Connie Morella debated party politics, gun control, transportation
issues and other topics in at stake in the suburban D.C. district.
--From Maryland Public Television (10/24)
Still Tight as Advertising Blitz Begins
Update: Although the headlines
in Maryland's 8th District have been dominated by the sniper attacks
that killed six people in the area, Republican incumbent Connie
Morella and Democratic challenger Christopher Van Hollen continue
to raise money, exchange civil -- but pointed -- criticism in
political ads and campaign for one of the most competitive seats
in the House of Representatives.
Unify, Take Aim at Morella
Update: Eight-term incumbent Connie
Morella has become one of the Democrats' prime targets this year,
making her bid to keep her seat in an evolving district one of
the year's most heated political battles.