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Gov. Martin O'Malley Wins 2nd Term In Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley won a second term in a rematch with Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Tuesday in a race that featured negative advertising and sniping debates between Maryland's two biggest political rivals.

O'Malley's victory provided a bright spot for Democrats suffering big losses in both congressional and governors' races. His first term was hampered largely by the recession, which made budget cuts routine over the last three years. Still, the governor emphasized throughout the campaign that he has worked hard to protect priorities in public safety and education while positioning Maryland to weather the recession better than most states.

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6 Md. House Members And Sen. Mikulski Re-elected

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil faced a strong challenge Tuesday from Republican state Sen. Andy Harris in Maryland's most competitive congressional race.

The former Queen Anne's County prosecutor narrowly won the 1st Congressional District two years ago after the GOP had held it for 18 years. In Tuesday's rematch, Harris, a Baltimore County physician, sought to win back the seat for the Republicans.

With 6 percent of precincts reporting, Harris had 51 percent of the vote to Kratovil's 46 percent. Libertarian Richard Davis had 3 percent.

Reminder: Vacuum Leaf Collection Program Terminated

As a result of strict cost savings measures implemented last year, Prince George's County terminated the Vacuum Leaf Collection Program.  For more than 25 years, only 351 communities in the county received the special service, which was both expensive and time intensive. At the time of implementation, it was intended that the service would be expanded beyond the original communities, but due to a continued lack of identified funding, it was not.

Laurel Church Shocked By Hate Crime

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA) -- A black rag doll covered in racial slurs, obscenities and swastikas found outside the City of Zion Church in Laurel on Sunday has prompted a hate crime investigation by Laurel police. 

"It's very disturbing, especially to us, because of lynchings and things of that nature," said Pastor Gregory Strong, who along with a church worker, discovered the rag doll hanging from a cherry tree outside the church.

"There was a lot of foul language on the doll and what was even more disturbing , there were a lot of references to Obama," added Strong, who believes the doll was an attempt to "intimidate" black voters on the eve of the midterm elections.

"It was scary, nothing to really worry about, but it's a scare tactic straight  from the pit of hell," said Sheila Thompson, a church minister. 

Maryland Early Voting

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (WUSA)-- For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday October 22, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010, except for Sunday, October 24th when early voting centers are closed.

Early voting centers will be open from 10 am until 8 pm each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Where can I vote early?

You can vote in an early voting center in the county where you live. From the list below, select the county where you live to find out where the early voting center or centers are in your county.

Allegany County

Anne Arundel County

Rushern Baker To Focus On Education And Jobs In Prince George's

(WUSA) -- Prince George's County's presumptive next county executive has his top two priorities in order: education and job creation.

Democrat Rushern Baker visited 9NEWS NOW Wednesday morning. He is not facing a Republican challenger in the November 2 election, and is expected to succeed Jack Johnson as county executive.

Baker said during the recent primary campaign, the top question he got was about improving schools and education in Prince George's County. "It's the reason I ran for county executive," he told 9NEWS NOW's Andrea Roane. Baker said he wants to "make sure we focus on quality teachers in every classroom. That's what we need to have in Prince George's County. That would improve the quality of education throughout the county."

Police: Man Set Woman On Fire

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- Howard County police have arrested a man who is believed to have set a woman on fire in Laurel.

Police say the incident happened in a wooded area near Gorman Road on Saturday afternoon. Authorities believe the people involved may be homeless and living in the woods.

A witness ran to a nearby store to call police and reported that a man had set a woman on fire.

Police and fire personnel responded and found the woman in the woods. Police say the woman, who was not identified, was taken to Bayview Burn Center with severe burns.

Police found the man later and were working to confirm his identity. The motive for the attack, and the relationship between the man and woman, remained unclear Sunday.