2000 United States Senate election in Maryland

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United States Senate election in Maryland, 2000

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Nominee Paul Sarbanes Paul Rappaport
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,230,013 715,178
Percentage 63.2% 36.7%

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County Results

Sarbanes:      50–60%      60–70%      80–90%

Rappaport:      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Paul Sarbanes

Elected U.S. Senator

Paul Sarbanes

The 2000 United States Senate election in Maryland was held on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes won re-election to a fifth term.





Rappaport won the Republican primary against S. Rob Sobhani, Ross Zimmerman Pierpont, Robin Ficker, Kenneth R. Timmerman, Kenneth Wayman and John Stafford[3] through a grassroots movement with a plurality of just 23%.[4] Rappaport, a major underdog, pushed for three debates. The four-term incumbent agreed to one debate on October 26.[5]


General election results[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Paul Sarbanes 1,230,013 63.2
Republican Paul Rappaport 715,178 36.7
Other Write Ins 1,594 0.1
Independent Corrogan R. Vaughn (Write In) 113

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dianne Feinstein Primaries kind to incumbents, The Deseret News (Associated Press) – March 8, 2000
  2. ^ Senate rivals face off in only TV debate Sarbanes defends record of 4 terms against Rappaport accusations. Pqasb.pqarchiver.com (October 20, 2000). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
  3. ^ MD US Senate - R Primary, Our Campaigns
  4. ^ Rappaport to focus on crime in race with Sarbanes, The Washington Times, March 9, 2000
  5. ^ MARYLAND NOTEBOOK; Sarbanes-Rappaport Forum A Matter of Great Debate. Pqasb.pqarchiver.com (October 26, 2000). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
  6. ^ 2000 ELECTION STATISTICS. Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved on June 17, 2011.