Guide to Tonight's Maryland Coverage
As polls close at 8 p.m., here's a guide to our online coverage tonight of the election in Maryland:
* We'll track the ballot referendum to amend the state constitution to allow slot-machine gambling at five locations. Staff writers John Wagner and Rosalind S. Helderman will update their story as returns roll in. Click here to read their story.
* We'll look for county by county trends in the presidential race. Will Sen. Barack Obama carry reliably Democratic Maryland by a big margin? Check the Maryland Moment blog for updates throughout the night.
* We'll track early returns in Maryland's eight congressional races, focusing on the 1st District, where Republican Andrew P. Harris and Democrat Frank M. Kratovil Jr. have been locked in a close matchup to succeed moderate nine-term Republican Wayne T. Gilchrest. The hotly contested race in a district that spans the rural Eastern Shore and some Baltimore suburbs, is the state's most closely watched. Gilchrest, who lost to Harris in a bitter February primary, crossed party lines and endorsed Kratovil, a county prosecutor on the Eastern Shore. Harris is an anesthesiologist and three-term state senator from Baltimore County. Check the Maryland Moment blog for updates throughout the night.
* We'll bring you results to local ballot measures. In Prince George's, voters considered a measure to raise the tax on telephone bills to aid the county's public schools budget. In Montgomery, voters were asked whether to make it more difficult for local leaders to exceed a local tax cap, which ties annual property-tax increases to roughly the rate of inflation. Voters also filled school board seats in Montgomery, Howard and Calvert counties, among others. Check the Maryland Moment blog for live updates.
* We'll also continue to bring you scenes from at polling places throughout the state, as well as reaction later tonight as a winner emerges from this epic presidential campaign. Post reporters are stationed throughout the region. Check the Maryland Moment blog for more.
* As always, we welcome your comments on this historic election night.
The polls are open until 8 p.m., so you still have one hour to get in line to vote.
-- Philip Rucker
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