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Few Voting in Prince George's District 5

Rosalind Helderman

Looks like there's low, low turnout in the special election for the vacant District 5 seat on the Prince George's County Council. As of midday, Prince George's Elections Administrator Alisha L. Alexander said 2 percent of the district approximately 46,000 registered voters had visited the polls for the primary election.

That translated to 906 Democrats choosing between seven candidates who are vying for the party's nomination and 25 lonely Republicans who have so far come out to support candidate Steven W. Johnson. The winner of the Democratic nomination will face Johnson in a May 6 general election in the heavily Democratic district. The winner will replace former council member David C. Harrington (D), who was elevated in February to the state senate.

Candidates for the Democratic nomination are middle school teacher Theresa Mitchell Dudley, former Harrington aide Andrea Harrison, consultant and former aide to the county executive Adrion J. Howell, Realtor Melvin B. Johnson, security company president Derrick A. Parks, Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz, public health nurse Sherry Strother.

Alexander said turn-out could rise as voters visit the polls after work. "That's what we're hoping," she said.

Check back later for results.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 1, 2008; 12:48 PM ET
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