In MoCo, Navarro Claims Victory, Kramer Looks to Absentees
With a margin of less than 80 votes, Board of Education member Nancy Navarro early this morning claimed victory in Montgomery County in the Democratic primary to serve out the term of County Council member Don Praisner in District 4. But the campaign of Del. Benjamin F. Kramer was not conceding, instead looking to pull ahead once absentee and provisional ballots are counted starting tomorrow.
In a press release, Navarro said Kramer's "path to victory is insurmountably narrow" and declared herself "ready to roll up my sleeves and pick up where the Praisner family left off."
Both Navarro and Kramer campaigned aggressively to get supporters to turn in absentee ballots. Kramer's campaign manager Eric Hensal said this morning that a "substantial portion" of those turned in are from the retirement community of Leisure World, where Kramer is believed to have an edge.
"Leisure World absentees make it competitive," Hensal said. "That makes the math possible."
The Board of Elections will begin counting the more than 750 absentee and provisional ballots Thursday afternoon.
In the Republican primary, former state legislator Robin Ficker, easily surpassed his two rivals, receiving 58 percent of the vote. The general election is set for May 19.
April 22, 2009; 9:35 AM ET
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