U.S. Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger III was re-elected in the District 2 House of Representatives race, defeating challenger Nancy Jacobs, a Harford County Republican.
who first won his seat in 2003, said following his reelection that it was time to pull together as Americans to address the country's most pressing needs.
"We have some very serious issues, we have fiscal issues, we have debt issues, we have deficit issues, we have international issues that are very serious, terrorism issues," he said. "So we need to come together now."
Although his party will remain the minority in the House of Representatives, Ruppersberger said that he would be able to work across the aisle with Republicans. He pointed to his work on the Intelligence Committee as an example of where he has worked with Republicans in an effective manner.
At an election after party, Jacobs, a state senator representing portions of Harford and Cecil counties, commended Ruppersberger for running a clean campaign and hinted at another possible run for the seat in 2014.
"I think we've laid a lot of ground work for the future," she said.
Libertarian candidate Leo Dymowski also challenged Ruppersberger for the seat.