Frank Kratovil And Andy Harris — Tie Election In Maryland

Posted on November 5, 2008

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Democracy doesn’t get any better than this.

The battle for Maryland’s District 1 congressional seat (Frank Kratovil vs. Andy Harris) will be decided by the absentee ballots, provisional ballots and military ballots. Counting of absentee ballots begins Thursday, Nov. 6, and the winner probably will not be clear until at least Nov. 14.

The morning after Election Day, Frank Kratovil, the Democratic prosecutor from Queen Anne’s County, held a lead of fewer than 1,000 votes, or three-tenths of one percent of the votes cast, over State Sen. Andy Harris, the Republican from Baltimore County.

The vote stands at 160, 914 (48.9 percent) for Kratovil and 159,998 (48.6 percent) for Harris.

Libertarian candidate Richard J. Davis received only 7,924 votes (2.4 percent), but that may have been enough to throw the lead to Kratovil.

There are between 20,000 and 30,000 absentee ballots, not including provisional and military ballots. I am guessing that a majority of the absentee ballots from District 1 will go to the Republican candidate, probably by a large enough margin to overcome Kratovil’s present lead, and swing the victory to Harris.

Maryland’s District 1 includes all eight Eastern Shore counties, Cecil County, and parts of Harford, Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties. Click right here too see the vote totals for all the District 1 counties (and all the other Maryland election results), as reported by the Maryland State Board of Elections. If my link to the Board of Elections is not working because of heavy traffic, the address for the election results page is http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2008/results/general/index.html — Bernie Hayden

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