Philips narrowly secures GOP nod to face Van Hollen in 8th district
Businessman Michael Lee Philips has clinched the Republican nomination in Maryland's 8th congressional district, narrowly besting attorney Bruce Stern for the right to face Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) in November.
Philips' final margin of victory was just 51 votes -- or .35 percent -- out of 14,694 cast. The day after the Sept. 14 primary, Philips led by 138 votes, but Stern, whose campaign had made a point of targeting absentee voters, made up some ground as absentee ballots were counted.
In the end, Stern came up short, and he issued a statement Thursday night conceding the contest. "I wish Mike Philips the best in his race against Chris Van Hollen and congratulate him on his successful campaign." Stern said.
Philips now faces the difficult task of competing against Van Hollen, who has a campaign war chest of more than $3 million. The 8th district, which includes most of Montgomery County and a sliver of Prince George's County, favored President Obama by 49 points in the 2008 election.
| September 24, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, Ben Pershing
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