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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Maryland

Democrats are firmly in control in Maryland.

Key facts
Population: 5,071,604 (ranked 19 among states)
Governor: Parris N Glendening (D)
Electoral College votes: 10
The state gave Bill Clinton some of his strongest support in 1992 and 1996. In 1998 Democrat Governor Glendening won an increased victory margin of 10%

One reason for this is the large black population. It is one of the few states where minorities make up more than a third of the population. Its sprawling suburbs include many ethnic neighbourhoods such as Little Italy and the state has been leading efforts to try to limit and mitigate the effects of suburban sprawl.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans
Senate: 2 Democrats
The seventh state to ratify the constitution, Maryland's economy used to depend on the rich marine pickings of Chesapeake Bay, the USA's largest estuary which swarms with rockfish, shellfish and crabs.

But the most important area for the economy now is the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, a metropolitan area that is the fourth largest in the country. Baltimore is the centre of the state's economic and public life and it has been working hard to regenerate itself.

Voting record
1996: Clinton 54%, Dole 38%
1992: Clinton 50%, Bush 36%, Perot 14%
1988: Bush 51%, Dukakis 48%
Baltimore's commercial downtown and skyscraper waterfront is home to investment banks as well as the headquarters of the Social Security Administration and the National Security Agency.

The suburbs of Washington DC also spill out into and beyond Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

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