Two-term Del. Bobby A. Zirkin appeared to be on his way to winning a hard-fought primary contest for a state Senate seat last night, and former Baltimore County Councilman Douglas B. Riley took a step toward returning to elected office.
Zirkin had a more than 2-to-1 lead over Owings Mills physician Scott Rifkin for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat in a district that includes Pikesville and Owings Mills.
FOR THE RECORD - In some editions yesterday, an article on legislative races in Baltimore County incorrectly identified one of the candidates in the Democratic primary for the House of Delegates in the 8th District. Del. Eric M. Bromwell was the top vote-getter in that race, according to the county election board's unofficial results.
THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR
"I hope this is a message the 11th District has sent that this type of dirty, nasty campaigning does not work," Zirkin said last night. He would run in the general election against Republican Jeffrey S. Yablon.
In the 11th District's House of Delegates race, incumbent Dels. Jon S. Cardin and Dan K. Morhaim also appeared headed to victory in the Democratic primary. Rick Yaffe and Dana Stein were close in the race for the third nomination.
Republican Riley held a large lead over first-time candidate Glenn Torgerson in the party's nomination for the state Senate seat in the Towson area.
Riley would next take on Sen. James B. Brochin, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In the race for the 42nd District's three seats in the House of Delegates, Republican incumbents Susan L.M. Aumann and William J. Frank were leading, and Dilip Paliath was in third.
In the Democratic primary, Stephen W. Lafferty, Tracy Miller and Andrew Belt were the top vote-getters early.
State Sen. Delores G. Kelley, the Democratic incumbent in the 10th District, which includes Randallstown and Woodlawn, held a strong lead. Incumbent Democratic Dels. Emmett C. Burns, Adrienne A. Jones and Shirley Nathan-Pulliam were the top vote-getters in the primary.
Republican incumbent Dels. J.B. Jennings, Richard K. Impallaria and Patrick L. McDonough appeared to have a comfortable lead in the 7th District, which stretches from Middle River to parts of Harford County.
In the Democratic primary in the 7th District, Linda W. Hart, Jack R. Sturgilll and James G. Stavropoulos Jr. were in the lead. In the 8th District, which includes Perry Hall and Parkville, Republican Craig Borne led. Borne would take on incumbent state Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier, a Democrat.
In the Republican House of Delegates race in the district, incumbent Dels. John W.E. Cluster Jr. and Joseph C. Boteler III led, along with Melissa Redmer Mullahey.
In the Democratic primary in the 8th District, incumbent Eric M. Bromwell, Ruth Baisden and Todd L. Schuler led.
Incumbent Dels. Joseph "Sonny" J. Minnick, Mike Weir Jr. and John A. Olszewski Jr. led in the Democratic primary for the three House of Delegates seats in the east-side 6th District.
In the Republican primary in the 6th District, Paul M. Blitz, Steve Dishon and Richard W. Metzgar were leading.
Sun staff writers Josh Mitchell and Julie Scharper contributed to this article.