Incumbent Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) has claimed victory in the race for his fifth district seat in the House of Representatives after securing a commanding lead over his Republican opponent Tony O'Donnell.
With more than 80 percent of Maryland precincts reporting by 11:30 p.m., Hoyer held a commanding 40 percent over O'Donnell.
Hoyer had 177,766 votes, wrapping up nearly 60 percent of the vote, to O'Donnell's 75,745 votes, securing 28 percent of the ballots cast.
Far back in the vote totals are Libertarian Arvin Vohra and Green Party Candidate Bob Auerbach, who each secured one percent of the vote.
Hoyer, a 32 year congressional veteran, issued a statement tonight thanking voters and pledging to serve the residents of the Fifth District.
"Throughout my career, I have worked on a bipartisan basis in the Fifth District and in Washington to deliver results for my constituents – protecting and preserving jobs, strengthening our local economy, and making important investments in our future. I’m proud of this work, and will continue to build on this record so we can put more Marylanders back to work, help businesses grow and expand, and strengthen the middle class," reads Hoyer's statement. “Over the next two years, I remain committed to addressing the Fifth District’s top priorities. I will continue to put Maryland families first, and work with my constituents to improve the quality of life in our communities."