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Elrich unofficial winner of Democratic Primary for County Executive

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County Councilman Marc Elrich with some of his supporters at his watch party on Primary Night.  PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVCounty Councilman Marc Elrich with some of his supporters at his watch party on Primary Night. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  With all 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 edges 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.

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New faces for Montgomery County legislative delegation as two incumbents lose their seats

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The Montgomery County delegation in the Maryland General Assembly will have at least 10 new legislators heading to Annapolis for the 2019 legislative session.

Of the 32 Democrats who represent the County in the state’s legislative body, two incumbents, Del. Marice Morales (District 19) and Del. Shane Robinson (District 39), lost their party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary election after being successfully overtaken by challengers.

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Democrats kiss and make up for Fall fight

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MCDCC logo SquareCounty Democrats set their target directly on ending the Republican stronghold on the presidency, Congress and the state governorship at a June 28 pep rally to kick off the November General Election campaign.

Only two days after the state primary, winners and losers alike spoke only of solidarity at the annual Kiss and Make Up Unity Party the Woman’s Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee sponsored at the Marriott in Bethesda.

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Voter turnout climbs for primaries but not as much as some people thought

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campaign signsElection campaign signs lay discarded in a pile by the Silver Spring Library. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAKTurnout was up, but not as high as some had predicted

While voters here didn’t rush to the polls in record numbers as some had predicted, turnout did increase throughout the County when compared with the 2014 gubernatorial primary. 

However, it was not as high as the 2016 presidential election primary.

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Baker loses Democratic primary to Jealous

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COLLEGE PARK — Current Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III lost his bid to become the Democratic nominee for Governor for the state of Maryland to former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous in Maryland Democratic primary on June 26. 

In a six-candidate race, Jealous earned 39.8 percent of the vote while Baker fell to second place, accumulating 29.3 percent. Running on a platform based on his history as county executive, Baker campaigned on improving the minimum wage statewide, increasing jobs and lowering the crime rate.

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"Too Close to Call"

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Marc Elrich currently leads David Blair by only 149 votes for County Executive spot

County Executive candidates, left to right, Marc Elrich and David Blair speak to their supporters Tuesday night; the election results are still too close to call. PHOTOS BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV AND GEORGE SMITH  County Executive candidates, left to right, Marc Elrich and David Blair speak to their supporters Tuesday night; the election results are still too close to call.         PHOTOS BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV AND GEORGE SMITH  The Democratic Primary for Montgomery County Executive is too close to call.

County Council member Marc Elrich currently leads businessman David Blair by just under 150 votes, with 14,902 absentee ballots and 3,614 provisional ballots yet to be counted.

"I'm in a race against a guy who spent uncounted millions, a newspaper that strayed from reporting and just strictly made everything editorial and a group of developers that just spent a lot of money to make sure that I didn't get elected ... and it doesn't look like they've succeeded."

With all the votes from Election Day and early voting counted, Elrich currently has 36,117 votes to Blair’s 35,968 votes, but votes from absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. The winner of the Democratic Primary will face Republican Robin Ficker, who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary in November’s General Election.

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County Executive candidates square off in last primary forum

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Ficker Krasnow Leventhal Forum NCAIA 617Ficker, Krasnow, and Leventhal speak during a forum. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVPOTOMAC — Three of the seven candidates vying to succeed the term-limited County Executive Ike Leggett explained their policies and positions in front of an audience of Indian-American voters on Sunday.

Hosted by the National Council of Asian Indian Associations at the Potomac Community Center, the candidates, show minimal disagreement, responded to questions on issues, including economic development, transportation, and hate crimes and violence, from Dr. Har Swarup Singh, the former ambassador of India to the Maldives.

Unlike the previous forums, only three candidates – former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow, current at-large County Councilmember George Leventhal, both running for the Democratic nomination, and Republican Robin Ficker – participated.

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Early voting numbers increase

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Numbers from the State Board of Elections show that early-voting turnout is higher than in previous midterm elections.

Through the first five days of the week-long early-voting period, 17,079 people casted ballots for the 2018 primary election, a significant increase from the 9,672 ballots cast through the first five days of the 2014 primary.

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District 20 candidates show few differences

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TAKOMA PARK — Seven Democratic candidates seeking to represent District 20 voters in the Maryland House of Delegates found themselves mainly in agreement as they spoke to voters at a forum Tuesday evening.

With little daylight between them, the candidates gave similar responses to questions on a variety of topics, including Interstate 495 traffic, taxes, education, economic development, and the environment.

Hosted jointly by the Women’s Democratic Club, The District 20 Breakfast Club, The Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Montgomery Green Democrats, and the District 20 Caucus at Takoma Park Middle School, and moderated by former State delegate Karen Britto (District 16), the event featured incumbent delegates David Moon and Jheanelle Wilkins, immigration attorney Fatmata Barrie, community activist Lorig Charkoudian, data analyst Malik Lendzondzo, labor organizer Darian Unger, and lawyer George Zokle.

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County Executive candidates lay out housing agendas

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County Executive Candidates 1County Executive candidates talk housing issues PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVKENSINGTON — With just weeks until the June 26 primary election, five candidates vying to succeed the term-limited Isiah Leggett as the next County Executive explained their agendas on housing issues to voters at a forum Thursday evening.

While expressing commitment to the County’s housing needs, the candidates outlined differing approaches to issues such as land use, public housing, and rent regulation.

“This consistently never seems one of the top issues in the County of great concern, but that’s because the people that most need it are not the people most involved in our political process,” said current Montgomery County Planning Department deputy director Rose Krasnow as she opened the event.

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