Maryland's eight incumbent members of the House of Representatives, six Democrats and two Republicans, easily won their party's primaries yesterday with only Rep. Roy Dyson, the 1st District Democrat, overcoming a major threat.
Aside from Dyson, the remaining seven congressional veterans won renomination by wide margins despite low turnouts throughout the state. None of the seven faced well-known or well-financed challenges in the November general election.
In the 5th District Democratic primary, Abdul Alim Muhammad, a year-old surgeon and spokesman for the Nation of Islam, faced Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, attracting national attention. It was the first time that the Nation of Islam allowed one of its members to run in a campaign. Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, personally campaigned with Muhammad in the final days.
Muhammad had charged that Hoyer had failed to represent Prince George's County's blacks adequately and promised an upset. But the county's elected black officials stayed with Hoyer, who won by an 80-to-20-percent margin.
All of the Baltimore region's representatives coasted to victory.
Rep. Helen Delich Bentley had no opposition in the 2nd District GOP primary. Seeking a fourth term from the Baltimore-Harford County district, she will face Democrat Ronald P. Bowers, a retired Social Security budget analyst from Lutherville, in the fall. Bowers, a mainstream Democrat, defeated Cornelius U. Morgan, follower of Lyndon LaRouche, by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.
Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, easily won his 3rd District renomination contest for a third term. He defeated Martin Glaser, another LaRouche Democrat, by better than a 4-to-1 margin. In the district that takes in parts of the city and Baltimore County as well as a chunk of Howard County, Cardin won everywhere by healthy numbers.
Early today, his GOP opposition was still in doubt with Frederick M. Parker, 29, an electronic engineer from Columbia, holding a narrow lead over Howard Nichols, a Baltimore bank vice president.
Another member of the class of 1986, Rep. Tom McMillen, captured 83 percent of the Democratic primary vote in the 4th District to win the nomination over two challengers, Jack A. Blum, an Annapolis resident and president of the National Consumers League, and John Dotterweich, a LaRouche candidate.
McMillen, 38, a Crofton resident and former University of Maryland basketball player, will face Robert P. Duckworth, a 62-year-old urban planner, the winner of a three-way GOP primary.
Rep. Kweisi Mfume, took his 7th District primary victory with ease over Michael Vernon Dobson. The two-term Democrat was winning 88 percent of the vote in late counting. He will face a political novice, Kenneth Konder, in the fall.
Maryland's senior House member, Rep. Beverly B. Byron, was accused by Anthony P. Puca, a Potomac businessman, of being too conservative and not a real Democrat in the 6th District contest. She won handily as she has in six previous races, this time by slightly better than 2 to 1. She is to face Christopher P. Fiotes, Jr., a 35-year-old commercial real estate broker from Gaithersburg, the winner of a close three-way GOP primary.
In Montgomery County's 8th District, Rep. Constance A. Morella, had an easy time in taking her third GOP nomination, over Asa Beck, a Silver Spring advocate of a balanced budget. Morella will face James Walker, Jr. a Bethesda Democrat, the winner of a three-day primary, and advocate of a national industrial policy.