2016 MD05 Primary Winners
No third party candidates in this race…so we are looking at a heads up match between Hoyer and Arness. One would have to think that Hoyer has a BIG advantage across the board in #MD05. Hoyer has held this seat since 1981 and the only time any of his races have been (somewhat) close was back in 1992 when he beat our current Governor (Larry Hogan) 55% to 45%. I don’t see any indication that this year will be any different than past election cycles for Hoyer.
Here is a link back to the April evaluaiton (CLICK HERE)
The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here
(D) Steny Hoyerhttp://www.hoyerforcongress.com/
(R) Mark Arnesshttp://www.arnessforcongress.com/home.html

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


Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

Steny Hoyer

10,131 (+108)

2,169 (+42)

Mark Arness

241 (+36)

55 (-3)


  • Facebook – Hoyer has added over 100 new Facebook followers since the last evaluation in April. Anress really needs to pick up the pace on this platform.
  • Twitter – Hoyer adds 42 new Twitter followers while Arness somehow found a way to actually lose 3 followers. This might be because he has not posted anything since April 27th.
  • Other outreach – there is no other outreach that is being promoted on the candidates campaign websites. No Youtube channels, no Instagram accounts…just nothing. This is a pretty LOW TECH race…maybe the campaigns will pick it up at some point in the future.

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