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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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