Democrat DeJuliis coasts to victory in 2nd District She will face Ehrlich

6 other incumbents win

Campaign 1996

March 06, 1996|By Larry Carson and John Rivera | Larry Carson and John Rivera,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers David Folkenflik and Joe Nawrozki contributed to this article.

Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis coasted to an easy victory last night in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary, setting up a tough contest with freshman Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. that could be a microcosm of the national presidential campaign.

In six other Maryland congressional races involving incumbents, each easily won renomination in their party primaries.

In the 2nd District, Joseph John Bish Jr., the Harford County conservative who hoped on this third try to capture the Democratic nomination for the seat, conceded defeat barely an hour after the polls closed. He failed to win even his own county, losing by 1,000 votes there to Mrs. DeJuliis.

"Wow. What a terrific victory," Mrs. DeJuliis said, addressing 200 jubilant supporters at Martin's North Point catering hall. "Twenty-five years ago when I was a single mom with three kids and the future felt a little shaky, I had no idea I was beginning a journey that would lead me to you and lead me to here."

Mrs. DeJuliis is backed by labor unions and Democrats who believe that controversy over the federal budget stalemate and proposed Republican budget cuts give them a real chance to recapture the seat held for 22 years by Democrat Clarence D. Long. Mr. Ehrlich, meanwhile, represents the brash young Republican freshman class determined to bend President Clinton and the Congress to their will.

Mr. Ehrlich, speaking to a crowd at his Timonium Fairgrounds headquarters, said, "We have principles and ideas that I ran on. We intend to fulfill the rest of the agenda."

Contemplating his race against Mrs. DeJuliis, he said, "You have to distinguish between the leaders of big labor who like to take money from working people and spend it in campaigns, and from working people who we represent and who have sent us to Washington. We are not going to let big labor bosses dictate the results in this district. That's for sure."

Conflict has been rare in the primary campaign, but sparks flew yesterday over pro-Bish literature mailed by a national, nonprofit anti-abortion group. The DeJuliis campaign charged that the mailing by the National Right to Life Political Action Committee was unfair, wrong, and maybe illegal. Mona Miller, Ms. DeJuliis's campaign spokeswoman, said the mailing misrepresented her candidate's position on parental consent for most abortions, and on the use of abortion for sex selection or for birth control.

In other congressional races, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, 49, easily beat his five Republican opponents with 64 percent of the vote in the 1st District. He will oppose Democrat Steve R. Eastaugh, 43, a George Washington University professor who lives in Worcester County, who finished first in a field of seven candidates.

Mr. Gilchrest celebrated his victory last night at Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole's Maryland headquarters in Severna Park.

In the 3rd District, which includes parts of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, 52, who is seeking a fifth term, took the Democratic nomination with more than 80 percent of the vote against a little-known opponent.

He will face Republican Patrick L. McDonough, 52, a former state delegate and a radio talk show host on WCBM.

Mr. Cardin said he would be focusing his campaign for the November general election on economic issues, but added that campaigning is not his immediate focus.

Eight-term Democrat Steny H. Hoyer, 56, also handily won re-nomination last night over the single opponent he faced in the 5th District, which includes Southern Maryland and parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

Del. John S. Morgan, 32, a second-term legislator from Prince George's County, took the Republican nomination in the 5th District over three opponents.

Two-term incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett, 69, won the Republican primary in Western Maryland's 6th District, while Democrat Stephen Crawford, a college professor, won his primary.

Rep. Connie Morella, 65, won the Republican race in Montgomery County's 8th District with 65 percent of the vote and will face Democrat Donald L. Mooers Jr. in November.

In the 4th District, which includes parts of Prince George's County and a portion of Montgomery, Rep. Albert R. Wynn, 44, won renomination and will face Republican John Kimble in the general election.

Pub Date: 3/06/96

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