With 42 Vote Lead, Elrich Claims Victory Over Blair

As of Saturday evening after more than 110,000 ballots have been counted, incumbent Marc Elrich leads businessman David Blair by only 42 votes in the Democratic primary for County Executive. If the count stands, Elrich would be the Democratic nominee running against Republican primary winner Reardon Sullivan in the November 8 election.

The vote is presumably headed for a recount but shortly before midnight Saturday, Elrich claimed victory.


The Montgomery County Board of Elections tweeted Saturday night that 34 ballots remain and that they will be counted on Sunday.

The latest numbers, released at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, show that Elrich leads Blair by three one hundredth of one percent (.03%).

From elections.maryland.gov:

Name Party Early Voting Election Day Mail-In Ballot / Provisional Total Percentage
David T. Blair
Democratic 8,328 21,026 26,073 55,427 39.17%
Marc Elrich
Democratic 7,453 20,575 27,441 55,469 39.20%

In the 2018 Democratic Primary, Elrich beat Blair by 77 votes.

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