Assembly would break governor's race tie ELECTION 1994

November 11, 1994|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writer

In Friday's editions, the number of Republicans expected i the next Maryland Senate was incorrectly reported. If preliminary election results hold, 15 of the 47 Senate seats would be held by Republicans.

The Sun regrets the errors.

What if it's a tie?

It is hard to imagine that Democrat Parris N. Glendening and Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey would wind up getting exactly the same number of votes. But if they do, the new governor would be selected by the state legislature.

The Maryland Constitution provides that, in the event of a tie, the members of the state Senate and House of Delegates -- 188 in all -- must elect the governor and lieutenant governor with a combined vote of the two chambers.


That probably would occur Jan. 11, when the new legislature is sworn in, said Jack Schwartz, the Maryland attorney general's counsel for opinions and advice.

While the Democratic majority in both houses was not changed by Tuesday's elections, the makeup of the legislature will be markedly different.

The outcome of several races still could change once absentee ballots are counted, but it appears that 61 of the 141 delegates and 20 of the 47 senators will be new. If the results hold, the number of Republicans in the House will grow from 25 to 40 members, and the Senate's GOP caucus will increase from nine to 25.

The last time the General Assembly elected a governor was Jan. 7, 1969, when it sent House Speaker Marvin Mandel to the second floor of the State House. Mr. Mandel completed the term of Maryland's last Republican governor, Spiro T. Agnew, who was elected vice president of the United States in 1968 and sworn in earlier that January morning.

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