Frank Kratovil Leading in Maryland Absentee Ballot Count

Posted on November 10, 2008


Absentee ballots appear to have confirmed Democrat Frank Kratovil the winner of the congressional election cliffhanger in Maryland District 1. Kratovil’s margin over Republican Andy Harris doubled from fewer than 1,000 votes on the day after the election, to more than 2,000 votes on Monday, Nov. 10.

With most or all of the absentee ballots counted, Kratovil was leading, 173,008 (49 percent) to 170,854 (48.4 percent) for Harris, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The election will not be final until provisional ballots are counted. The Election Board began counting provisional ballots on Monday.

The Libertarian Party candidate in District 1, Richard James Davis, had 8,632 votes (2.4 percent) after the counting of absentee ballots. The Libertarian may have cost Republicans the election. Davis’s vote total, though very small, was more than four times the margin of votes between Davis and Harris. — Bernie Hayden