Giannetti trails Rosapepe in 21st

Voters favoring Busch, most other incumbents in House, Senate races

Anne Arundel

Maryland Votes 2006 -- The Primary Election

September 13, 2006|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,Sun reporter

Maverick state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. was trailing a well-financed former delegate in District 21, in one of the most closely watched primary races in Anne Arundel County.

With about two-thirds of the precincts reporting, voters were on track to return most other legislative incumbents, including Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch.

In the race for the one open Senate seat, being vacated by Democrat Philip C. Jimeno, voters in District 31 were favoring former Democratic Del. Walter J. Shandrowsky and well-financed Bryan W. Simonaire, a Republican, to face off in the Nov. 7 general election.

In the hotly contested Senate race in District 21, James C. Rosapepe took out $200,000 in loans to take on Giannetti, who often bucked the party line. Rosapepe had the support of the two incumbent Democratic delegates in the district, which includes western Anne Arundel and northern Prince George's County.

"I think people are looking for change," Rosapepe said.

He called the election a referendum on electricity deregulation: "He was a supporter, I was an opponent."

District 21 Democratic Del. Barbara A. Frush was in the lead and was trailed closely by prosecutor Joseline Pena-Melnyk and Ben Barnes, a former aide to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Two-term incumbent and chief deputy majority whip Brian R. Moe was a distant fourth.

In District 30, Republican Del. Herbert H. McMillan's run for state Senate leaves his seat vacant. On the Democratic side, the victory looked to go to Barbara D. Samorajczyk, a county councilwoman. Veteran Del. Virginia P. Clagett and Busch also were on track to advance.

"I'm very excited about the preliminary results," said Samorajczyk.

On the Republican side, the leaders included Ron Elfenbein, a doctor; Annapolis jeweler Ron George and Andy Smarick, a former congressional staffer.

Republican Del. John R. Leopold's run for county executive drew 12 contenders for his District 31 seat. Democratic leaders in early returns were incumbent Del. Joan Cadden, followed by former county prosecutor Thomas Fleckenstein and retired teacher Craig Reynolds.

On the Republican side, financial adviser Steve Schuh was leading Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr., a conservative firebrand. Running third was manufacturer's broker Nicholaus R. Kipke.

Republican voters in District 32 were supporting incumbent Terry R. Gilleland Jr. But he was garnering fewer votes than Mark S. Chang. Close on Gilleland's heels was information technology expert Wayne Charles Smith.

Republican Del. David G. Boschert's decision to run for county executive left open one of two House seats in District 33A. Republican incumbent Tony McConkey held a narrow lead. In a close second was restaurateur James King.

On the Democratic side, Patricia Weathersbee, wife of the state's attorney, and former school board member Paul G. Rudolph were leading Greater Crofton Council President Torrey C. Jacobsen Jr.

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