Anthony Brown

Has Dundalk gone to the GOP for good?

Has Dundalk gone to the GOP for good?

While Larry Hogan triumphed in the Maryland governor's race, his fellow Republicans won legislative and the county council seats in Dundalk for the first time in decades, completing a dramatic partisan shift in one of the state's once reliably Democratic strongholds. The realignment culminated after years of disaffection and may create a lasting transformation.

Fifty years ago, Dundalk, the 12th election district, was the center of an east side Democratic organization that dominated county politics. In 1960, JFK received nearly 70 percent of the vote in the 12th; four years later, LBJ received about 75 percent.

At that time, the first tremors occurred on the political...