A few races in Anne Arundel, one in Balto. Co. await counts

November 14, 2006|by a Sun reporter

Election officials in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties will continue counting provisional and absentee ballots today, with the outcome of a handful of races hanging in the balance.

In Anne Arundel, officials began counting about 3,600 provisional ballots and a second batch of several hundred absentee ballots yesterday, and they expected to finish the tally today.

With Del. John R. Leopold leading Sheriff George F. Johnson IV in the county executive contest by about 4,000 votes after Friday's tally of absentee ballots, Johnson conceded over the weekend, saying that the provisional ballots would not change the outcome.

However, the races for state Senate and House of Delegates seats in District 31, which includes Pasadena and parts of Glen Burnie, remained close last weekend after the counting of absentee ballots. In the Senate race, Republican front-runner Bryan Simonaire and Democrat Walter J. Shandrowsky were separated by 608 votes.

In the House race in District 31, Republican Del. Donald H. Dwyer was closing in on Democratic Del. Joan Cadden for the third and final spot in the three-member district. The two were separated last weekend by 30 votes.

In the House contest in District 30, which includes Annapolis and parts of the Broadneck peninsula, the wave of absentees lifted Republican Ron George to a 28-vote lead over Democrat Barbara D. Samorajczyk for the third of three delegate seats. George had trailed the two-term county councilwoman by 559 votes after Tuesday.

In Baltimore County, officials didn't expect to finish counting absentee and provisional ballots until tomorrow.

The only Baltimore County election that appears to be at stake is the third House of Delegates seat representing District 8, which includes Perry Hall, Parkville and part of Rosedale.

Absentee ballots counted Friday gave Democrat Todd Schuler a 105-vote edge over Democrat Ruth Baisden for the job. Dels. Eric M. Bromwell, a Democrat, and Joseph C. Boteler III, a Republican, were re-elected to their seats in the district.

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