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Elrich wins by 80 votes

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Board of Elections still needs to certify closest County Executive race in recent memory

Council member Marc Elrich.  FILE PHOTOCouncil member Marc Elrich. FILE PHOTO  With all the ballots counted, Council member Marc Elrich is the unofficial winner of the Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive.

After days of vote-counting, and a race that was too close to call on Election Night, Elrich edged businessman David Blair by just 80 votes after Montgomery County Board of Elections officials finished counting ballots late Sunday evening.

With all ballots counted, Elrich has 37,529 votes, with 29.02 percent of the total count, while Blair came in second, with 37,449 and 28.95 percent of the vote.

The results are unofficial as the Montgomery County Board of Elections has yet to certify the results, which it will do during its meeting on July 16, but as of now Elrich is the leading vote-getter with no more ballots yet to be counted.

“I’m excited, there’s a lot of work to do... but I’m excited to have the opportunity to take that on,” Elrich told the Sentinel shortly after he learned of the results.

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Hogan and Jealous kick off governor’s campaign

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Days after Ben Jealous won the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made one of his latest reelection campaign stops in Gaithersburg for Summerfest.

Hogan has been reluctant to make statements attacking any of his potential Democratic opponents for the November 2018 election until now.

Jealous, who was the former president and CEO of the NAACP, won the Democratic nomination as a progressive, promising to bring a single-payer-style healthcare system to Maryland, to reform the criminal justice system and to make all four-year universities “debt free.”

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Elrich lead shrinks to 149

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Council member Marc Elrich still leads David Blair for County Executive spot

County Council member Marc Elrich leads businessman David Blair by 149 votes in the race for the County Executive Democratic nomination.  FILE PHOTOMarc Elrich (left) leads David Blair by 149 votes in the Democratic slot for November's County Executive race. FILE PHOTOMore than a week after elections, the Democratic Primary for County Executive is still too close to call.

Election night and early-voting totals originally had Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large) in the lead by fewer than 500 votes to businessman David Blair. Now that lead has shrunk to just 149 votes, as County election officials continue to count absentee votes.

On Thursday County election officials will count the remaining 2,600 Democratic provisional ballots. On Friday, the Board of Elections staff will count the remaining absentee ballots, which they should complete by Saturday, a likely time when there will be a projected winner in the County Executive Democratic Primary.

“At that time, I expect we will still be opening ballots...and tabulating through Saturday July 7,” said Alysoun McLaughlin, deputy election director for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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Riemer, Jawando, Glass, and Albornoz advance

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In a field that included 33 candidates, incumbent Council member Hans Riemer, along with newcomers Will Jawando, Evan Glass, and Gabe Albornoz emerged victorious to secure Democratic nominations for the County’s four at-Large County Council seats in November’s general election.

“This has been an amazing race. There’s so many people running for Council, a lot of really wonderful and qualified people. The county's in a really good position and we have a lot of great people serving on the Council,” Riemer said during a watch party at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring.

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Trone successful in bid to secure 6th District nomination

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David Trone mugshot 2 5 16David Trone won the Democratic Primary nomination for District 6 on Tuesday night. FILE PHOTOGAITHERSBURG — Businessman and Congressional candidate David Trone won the District 6 primary for the Democratic Party with 22,855 votes with 237 of 237 Election Day precincts reporting, or 40.4 percent of votes counted.

“It’s fantastic,” said Trone outside Shady Grove Metro Station Wednesday, about the win. “It’s fantastic that the voters trusted us. But most important is that the voters trusted our values.”

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Two incumbents in County delegation lose bids for Democratic nomination; Meiklejohn wins her rematch

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Two incumbents in Montgomery County’s delegation in the Maryland House of Delegates lost their bids for the Democratic nomination after being overtaken by challengers.

Del. Shane Robinson came in fourth place with 19.4 percent just behind incumbent Del. Kirill Reznik and Lesley Lopez to finish just outside one of the three spots to represent District 39 which includes Germantown and Montgomery Village.

In District 19, which includes Wheaton, Aspen Hill, and Olney, incumbent Del. Maricé Morales finished fourth with 15.7 percent just behind incumbent Del. Bonnie Cullison and Derwood attorney Vaughn Stewart.

In a 2014 rematch, Barbara Meiklejohn defeated Alan Bowser to secure the Democratic nomination for Clerk of the Circuit Court for November’s General Election.

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