Weathersbee gets edge in Arundel state's attorney race

November 05, 2010|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

Incumbent Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank Weathersbee appears to have won a sixth term in a tight contest, after an absentee ballot count increased his lead Friday over his Republican opponent.

"I think we won, yes," Weathersbee said Friday night. The additional ballots widened the Democrat's lead over attorney Eric Grannon, who practices mostly antitrust and business law, to 3 percent of the vote from 2 percent.

Late-arriving absentee ballots as well as provisional ballots have yet to be counted. Weathersbee attributed the close race to sentiment favoring Republicans, saying that former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. captured Anne Arundel County, though he lost statewide in his effort to regain his old job.

"When it's a big Republican year, it's a close race for me," Weathersbee said. Grannon had criticized him as "too lenient for too long."

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