Beyond the 7th Primary roundup: Few surprises, but some things to watch for when November arrives.

March 07, 1996

BETWEEN NOW and November, you could watch leaves sprout from the trees, change color and begin falling off again -- and get the same level of surprise as the rest of Maryland's recently concluded congressional primaries. Incumbents coasted to victory. Challengers who were presumptive favorites also won. Even the margins were as predictable as the change of seasons. Some of the details may prove instructive, however:

1st District: Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, an easy winner, has become a leader in Congress on environmental issues, and hence something of a maverick in Republican circles. But expect fireworks from Democratic nominee Steven R. Eastaugh, who has more money than Mr. Gilchrest -- and no qualms about tying the incumbent to economic woes.

2nd District: Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has strongly supported the controversial "Contract with America," but his capture of 83 percent of the party vote indicates little local discontent. Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis, meanwhile, will look to a majority Democratic registration in Harford and Baltimore counties for victory.

3rd District: Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin won with 90 percent of the vote. side, radio talk show host Patrick L. McDonough outdistanced two challengers to set up a classic conservative/liberal confrontation.

4th District: Rep. Albert R. Wynn coasted to an easy win, while in the GOP primary, John Kimble narrowly defeated Dr. Cesar Madarang.

5th District: Rep. Steny Hoyer won renomination in a walk. On the GOP side, nominee Del. John S. Morgan's 45 percent seemed a bit soft given his broad party backing. But second-place finisher John Parran carried a familiar surname in Southern Maryland.

6th District: Not only did Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett easily win renomination, he was the only Phil Gramm delegate who won in Maryland -- another measure of Mr. Bartlett's strength. Interestingly, the unabashedly conservative congressman ran best in Carroll County, as did Democratic victor Stephen Crawford, who is perceived as a liberal.

8th District: Conservative Republicans had hoped to upset Rep. Constance A. Morella. But state Del. Barrie S. Ciliberti fell far short. The incumbent will face Donald Mooers Jr., who won in a crowded Democratic field.

Pub Date: 3/07/96

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