BALTIMORE (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump found little support in Maryland, where even the Republican governor disavowed him. Now Maryland officials hope long-running benefits from the state’s proximity to the nation’s capital won’t suffer under a Trump administration.
Maryland has long benefited from federal grants, agency headquarters and other federal largesse. Its suburbs are populated with federal workers uncertain about their jobs if the new president cuts back amid promises to “drain the swamp” of Washington. Between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Democrats, if there’s any place where a state’s power structure didn’t support Trump, it’s Maryland.
Hillary Clinton won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes with 60 percent of the vote, while 35 percent of the vote went for Trump. Both of the state’s senators are Democrats, as well as seven of Maryland’s eight U.S. House members. The state’s House incumbents seeking re-election cruised to easy victories on Tuesday.
Rep. Andy Harris, the state’s lone Republican congressman who was the president elect’s only supporter in Maryland’s congressional delegation, said he’s confident the state’s defense industry and bases will benefit, because of Trump’s pledge to strengthen the military, even if it comes at the expense of some other government agencies. Maryland is home to Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, Linthicum-based Northrop Grumman and large military bases such as Fort Meade and Naval Air Station Patuxent River.