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Millard Evelyn Tydings (1890-1961), a Democrat, was born in Havre de Grace. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1916 to 1921, and held the office of House Speaker from 1920 to 1922. He later served in the Maryland State Senate from 1922 to 1923, and was then elected to the U.S. Congress serving in the House of Representatives from 1923 to 1927. Tydings did not seek re-election to that office in 1926 as he ran successfully for the U.S. Senate and served in that capacity from 1927 to 1951. He had sought re-election to that office in 1950 but lost to the Republican, John Marshall Butler.

William Cabell Bruce(1860-1946), a Democrat, was elected to the United States Senate from Maryland in 1922 and served in that office from 1923 until 1929. He was defeated in his 1922 re-election bid by Phillips Lee Goldsborough, a Republican. Prior to that time he served in the Maryland State Senate from 1894 to 1896, and was appointed President of the Senate in his final year. Noteworthy is the fact that in 1918 Bruce received the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Benjamin Franklin, Self-Revealed."

John Philip Hill (1879-1941), a Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Maryland's Third District from 1921 to 1927. In 1926 he ran for the U.S. Senate losing to the incumbent, Ovington E. Weller, in the Republican primary. Weller would go on to lose to the Democrat, Millard Evelyn Tydings, in the November 1926 General Election. Hill was a staunch opponent of the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment which had been enacted in 1919, and worked toward its repeal while in Congress. Prohibition was eventually repealed with the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933. Hill served as a delegate to the Maryland convention for the state's ratification of that amendment.

Oscar Leser, a Republican, unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate from Maryland in the General Election held on November 8, 1938. He secured 153,253 votes, or 29.29% of the total votes cast. The incumbent, Senator Millard Evelyn Tydings, a Democrat, won with 357,245 votes, or 68.28% of the total votes cast. Other political parties represented in the Gubernatorial election included candidates from the Union, Socialist, Labor, and Communist parties. Together, they won less than 3% of the total votes cast.

Barbara Ann Mikulski, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and has served in the Senate from 1987 to the present. The first button depicted on this page was distributed in support of her 2010 re-election bid at the Sixth Annual Western Maryland Democratic Summit which was sponsored by the Western Maryland Democratic Caucus and held in Allegany County on April 23-24, 2010. The second button portrayed on this page is also from her 2010 re-election campaign and also depicts Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, also a Democrat, who was first elected to that position in 2006. Mikulski defeated the Republican candidate, Eric Wargotz, in the November 2, 2010 General Election. (Ulman was also re-elected in 2010)

Benjamin Louis Cardin, a Democrat, served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1966 to 1986. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986, where he served from 1987 to 2007. Ben Cardin was elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2006, and re-elected to that office in 2012.

Jim Rutledge, a Republican raised in Harford County, was a constitutional conservative seeking the Maryland Republican nomination in the 2010 campaign for U.S. Senator. Rutledge believed America needs to maintain its edge in combating radical Islamists and Islamic terrorists at home and abroad. He supported the right to bear arms, freedom of speech, energy independence, opposes bailouts, supports the abolition of inheritance taxes, and felt federal immigration laws need to be enforced. Though he received 70,231 votes, Rutledge was among the ten candidates defeated in the Republican primary which was won by Eric Wargotz.

Daniel Bongino,a Republican, was a 2012 candidate for election to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. "Real Leadership, Not False Promises" was his slogan, and economic growth, a quality education system, and a health care system that controls cost and provides quality care are his principles. Bongino was defeated by Senator Ben Cardin in the November 6, 2012 General Election. Bongino received 26.7% of the vote, while Cardin received 55.4%. Rob Sobhani, an Independent, received 16.6%.

In 2014, Bongino ran against the Democratic incumbent, John Delaney, for the United States Congress in the Sixth Congressional District. Though a very close election, Delaney's 49.7% to Bongino's 48.2%, Bongino was unsuccessful in his election bid. The Green Party candidate, George Gluck, received 2% of the votes cast.

Rob Sobhani, a Republican, ran twice for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate from Maryland. He lost to Alan Keyes in the 1992 Republican primary, and again to Paul Rappaport in the 2000 Republican primary. Sobhani ran for the Senate as an Independent in the November 6, 2012 General Election. He was defeated by Senator Ben Cardin.

Ruthann Aron, a Republican from Montgomery County, unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the 1994 U.S. Senatorial campaign. Aron lost her primary bid to Bill Brock, a former U.S. Senator from Tennessee. Brock would later lose to the incumbent, Democratic Senator Paul Sarbanes in the General Election.

Eric Wargotz, a Republican, defeated Jim Rutledge in the September 14, 2010 primary. Wargotz, who campaigned on the pledge of creating jobs, cutting spending, and lowering taxes, referred to long-time politicians as "Political Insidersauruses". Wargotz was defeated by Barbara Mikulski in the November General Election.

Kevin Zeese
(1955 - ) ran as an Independent for the U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2006. He was unsuccessful despite having the endorsements of the Libertarian Party of Maryland, the Maryland Green Party, and the Populist Party of Maryland, of which he is a founding member. A campaign slogan for Zeese was, "Unity for Change."

Ross Z. Pierpont (1917-2005) was a member of the Democratic Party until 1970 when he became a Republican. Pierpont ran for office in the State of Maryland sixteen times. This included candidacies for Mayor of Baltimore, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and primary candidacies for Governor of Maryland. In 1998 Ross Z. Pierpont unsuccessfully ran against Barbara A. Mikulski for the U.S. Senate. The button depicted here is from his unsuccessful 1968 Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate against Daniel Brewster. Pierpont secured 38,555 votes, or 17.28% of the total number cast. Brewster would lose in the General Election to the Republican, Charles "Mac" Mathias.


Al Feldstein

Al Feldstein

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LaVale, Maryland

Campaign paraphernalia, Maryland, History


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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