MD03 Candidates
No big surprises here in the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland. I always knew the would come down to a Sarbanes vs Plaster matchup in the General Election. Plaster has a big hill to climb…here is a little history on how this districted has voted recently:

Year Winner Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
 2006 John Sarbanes Democratic 150,142 64.03 John White Republican 79,174 33.76
 2008 John Sarbanes Democratic 203,711 69.66 Thomas E. “Pinkston” Harris Republican 87,971 30.08
 2010 John Sarbanes Democratic 147,448 61.07 Jim Wilhelm Republican 86,947 36.01
 2012 John Sarbanes Democratic 213,747 66.8 Eric Delano Knowles Republican 94,549 29.6
 2014 John Sarbanes Democratic 128,594 59.5 Charles A. Long Republican 87,029 40.4

Interested in the last evaluation (from April)? CLICK HERE
The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here
(D) John Sarbanes:
(R) Mark Plaster:

The Scorecard: (Click the follower numbers below to view the social media page)


Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

John Sarbanes

5,819 (+105)

2,084 (+22)

Mark Plaster

3,482 (+834)

903 (+80)


  • There is one additional candidate running (Nnabu Eze – Green Party). I have not found a website for this candidate (so not listed above) but I did find a Facebook page for this candidate: With only 80 Facebook followers today, I am not listing him on the above scorecard.
  • Facebook – Plaster added over 800 new Facebook followers since the past evaluation. A significant advantage over the number of new followers Sarbanes added recently.
  • Twitter – Plaster added 80 new Twitter followers since the past evaluation and is outpacing Sarbanes on adding new followers.
  • Sarbanes – Continues to hold a total follower advantage on both Facebook and Twitter.
  • Other Outreach:
    • Sarbanes lists YouTube and LinkedIn on his campaign website
    • Plaster only lists Facebook and Twitter on his campaign website…but I know he has an Instagram account also…they should get that link (and any others) on the website ASAP.

I am not reporting the engagement numbers in June. Let’s be honest…this is the slow part of the campaign season and I expect numbers to be lower overall for many candidates. I will start reporting engagement numbers in August and continue updating those numbers through the General Election. In August I will start picking an online outreach leader in each race.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E


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