First Click, Maryland -- 2010 Primary Election
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010:
Primary results on Tuesday night trickled onto the Maryland Board of Election's Web site at a snail's pace. As of early Wednesday, the outcome of some races remained uncertain while most had finally become clear:
Governor's Race Set
Maryland voters on Tuesday removed any doubt about the long-awaited rematch between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R), handing both dominate primary wins to launch the final, 48-day sprint to Nov. 2.
Sarah Palin's anointed pick, Brian Murphy, pulled away a quarter of the Republican primary votes, giving both gubernatorial nominees ample room to spin. Look for something from the O'Malley camp today questioning if the Republican base is splintered. And maybe a line from Ehrlich's side noting that he won overwhelmingly on a night when other Palin and Tea Party endorsees pulled upsets. (On the other side, there may also be a back-and-forth over little known J.P. Cusick who siphoned off over one in 10 votes from O'Malley).
Senate Incumbents Ousted
The state Senate will look different when it reconvenes in January. According to unofficial returns: At least four incumbents appeared to lose challenges from delegates within their own party, while at least three suffered surprising defeats from outsiders.
--In Prince George's County, longtime Sen. Nathaniel Exum (right) was upset by Joanne C. Benson. And Del. Victor R. Ramirez unseated Sen. David C. Harrington.
--In Washington County, Sen. Donald F. Munson (R) was defeated by Del. Christopher B. Shank, the House Minority Whip (left).
-- In Montgomery, Sen. Mike Lenett lost to Del. Roger P. Manno (right).
And Sen. Rona E. Kramer - appeared to be in recount territory, about 100 shorts behind Del. Karen S. Montgomery
--A longtime Senate Democrat in Baltimore also lost in a surprising upset. George W. Della, Jr. (left) fell to Bill Ferguson.
-- Not every incumbent was heading for the door. Sen. Nancy J. King appeared to edge out Del. Saqib Ali in Montgomery's 39th District race.
And Sen. Jennie M. Forehand appeared to fight off a comeback challenge by former Del. Cheryl C. Kagan.
Hot race in Maryland's 1st
Republican state Sen. Andrew P. Harris defeated businessman Rob Fisher, setting up a rematch of the 2008 contest between Harris and Rep. Frank Kratovil (D). The Kratovil-Harris contest is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in the country.
(Del. J.B. Jennings appeared to secure the Republican nomination for the seat vacated by Harris).
Baker holds lead for Prince George's Executive
For former state delegate Rushern L. Baker III, the third time was the charm. Baker defeated Sheriff Michael A. Jackson and three others Tuesday in the pivotal race to win the Democratic nomination to lead Prince George's County, the region's third-largest jurisdiction, and one of the most affluent majority-African American communities in the nation.
Montgomery County Council race a nail-biter
The final tally from Montgomery's at-large council voting through Tuesday are in, and just 3,880 votes separated incumbents George Leventhal and Duchy Trachtenberg for the final fourth spot on the Democratic ticket heading into November. Here are the standings as of Wednesday morning:
Marc Elrich: 45008 (17.81%)
Hans Riemer: 38437 (15.21%)
Nancy Floreen: 36973 (14.63%)
George L. Leventhal: 36385 (14.40%)
Duchy Trachtenberg: 32505 (12.86%)
Field of challengers clear in Md. Congressional races
-- 2nd District: Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger v. Marcelo Cardarelli
-- 3rd District: Rep. John Sarbanes (D) v. Annapolis businessman Jim Wilhelm
-- 4th District: Rep. Donna Edwards v. Robert Broadus
-- 5th District: Rep. Steny H. Hoyer v. Republican businessman Charles Lollar
-- 6th District: Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett v. Democrat Andrew Duck
-- 7th District: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) v. Howard County landscape designer Frank Mirabile
-- 8th District: Rep. Chris Van Hollen won Democratic primary. Michael Philips held slim lead for Republican nod.
-- And, Republican Eric Wargotz won in a crowded Republican primary for the right to challenge U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski
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Aaron C. Davis
| September 15, 2010; 3:41 AM ET
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