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MoCo Election Off to a "Slow, But Steady" Start

Montgomery County voters arriving at one of the county's largest precincts this morning were greeted by a receiving line of campaign signs and candidates as they prepared to participate in the special election to fill an open on the council.

Turnout was "slow, but steady" early in the day for the District 4 primary contests, according to Louise Armentrout, the chief Democratic judge at Leisure World's Clubhouse I precinct in Silver Spring. As of 11 a.m., just 212 Democrats and 71 Republicans had voted at Armentrout's traditionally busy polling place.

Outside, Democrats Benjamin Kramer and Cary Lamari, and Republican Andrew Padula shook hands with potential supporters. Democrat Nancy Navarro had already stopped by earlier this morning as had County Executive Isiah Leggett, who is backing Kramer.

The candidates competing in today's primary contests were in agreement on at least one issue: the weather. Those interviewed said they were grateful that the thundershowers forecast for today had so far not materialzed.

By Ann Marimow  |  April 21, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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Now that the polls are closed, I want to thank everyone who came out to vote. Voting for your representatives is one of the most fundamental rights of any Democracy, and whether you voted for me or for some other candidate, I thank you for fulfilling that most essential obligation of all of those who love their freedom and their way of life.

We are truly blessed to live in a country where we have so much Liberty and Freedom as well as such natural bounty and such an astonishing resource of healthy and well-educated people. We are the envy of much of the world and we hope that our elected officials will always remember that upon their shoulders rests a heavy burden: safeguarding the legacy of our Founding Fathers and all of the Patriots -- native or immigrant -- who fought to secure the blessings for posterity which we all now enjoy.

There's a famous old song, "the Eyes of Texas Are Upon You". This isn't Texas, but understand the feeling. These are hard times and perhaps they'll be getting harder, but we will rise above, and we expect our elected officials also to rise above.

Posted by: thardman | April 21, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The polls have been closed for more than 2 hours. WaPo, don't you have any news?

Posted by: achamblee | April 21, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Navarro wins by about 80 votes over Ben Kramer for the Dems. Robin Ficker wins for the Wacko party.

Precincts Reporting 45
Total Votes 7987


Michael L. Bigler 58 0.73%
Robert Goldman 104 1.30%
Thomas Hardman 99 1.24%
Ben Kramer 3479 43.56%
Cary Lamari 690 8.64%
Nancy Navarro 3557 44.53%

Posted by: achamblee | April 21, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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