In 4th District, Wynn holds lead over Williams Mikulski, Keyes to vie for Senate

March 04, 1992|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Staff Writer

An article March 4 incorrectly reported the name of th Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th District. The candidate is Kenneth Kondner.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Sen. Albert R. Wynn held a slight lead over Prince George's State's Attorney Alex Williams in Maryland's new majority-black 4th District early today as Maryland voters selected their nominees for the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

The two black leaders battled in a field of 13 Democrats for the district created last year by the state legislature to satisfy requirements of the federal Voting Rights Act, designed to give minorities a greater voice in Congress.

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Given the strong Democratic nature of the district, which includes parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, the nomination is tantamount to winning the election.

In November, the Democratic nominee will take on Michele Dyson, a black Republican from Silver Spring.

The outcome of the November race will give Maryland another black representative. Currently Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-7th, is the only black congressman in a state with a 25 percent black population.

Elsewhere, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, seeking a second term, easily captured the Democratic nomination, while conservative Alan L. Keyes captured the GOP flag. In 1988 Mr. Keyes was the Republican nominee but lost to the state's other Democratic senator, Paul S. Sarbanes.

"I have not been afraid to speak up or speak out," Ms. Mikulski told cheering supporters. "I intend to be a voice and a vote for the people of Maryland."

To cries of "Alan!" and "Keyes! Keyes!" the GOP victor strode into his headquarters and readied for the November election. "The voters today told Barbara Mikulski she is already in the fight of her life," he said.

Two incumbent congressmen -- Rep. Tom McMillen, D-4th, and Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-1st -- will face each other in the November election.

Both men, who were drawn into the same district last fall by the state legislature under congressional redistricting, easily dispatched their primary challengers.

The 1st District race will be a study in contrasts: Mr. McMillen, a high-tech Democrat and former professional basketball player, vs. Mr. Gilchrest, a laid-back former high school teacher and house painter.

Mr. McMillen, a skilled fund-raiser, will easily outspend Mr. Gilchrest. But the bulk of the district's voters -- some 58 percent -- reside on the Eastern Shore, which is expected to give the Kennedyville Republican an edge.

The remainder of the district is in Anne Arundel County, with a small portion in southern Baltimore.

Three Baltimore-area House incumbents -- Reps. Kweisi Mfume, D-7th, Helen Delich Bentley, R-2nd, and Benjamin L. Cardin, D-3rd, easily captured their nominations.

In the 2nd District, Michael Hickey beat five political newcomers in the Democratic primary for the right to square off against Mrs. Bentley inthe fall.

In the 3rd District, former Motor Vehicle Administrator William T. S. Bricker will be the Republican challenger to Mr. Cardin in the general election in the fall.

In the 7th District, Kevin Konder was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-5th, quickly dispatched his primary challenger, Ricardo V. Johnson, while Rep. Constance A.

Morella, R-8th, faced no primary challenge.

Republicans, noting that much of the newly drawn 5th District is conservative, hope they can upset Mr. Hoyer, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, in November.

Mr. Hoyer, a liberal lawmaker and tireless campaigner, blitzed through his new turf with local Democratic officials. He used his influence to pick up some federal projects for the district before a single vote was cast.

Larry Hogan Jr., an Upper Marlboro real estate broker and son of a former GOP congressman, will face Mr. Hoyer in November.

"His leadership in Congress represents everything that is wrong with Congress," said Mr. Hogan, who pledged to fight for tax cuts, a balanced-budget amendment and a presidential line-item veto.

Edward Heffernan led a field of eight Democrats in the 8th District.

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