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Blair and Elrich Locked in County Executive Race That is Too Close to Call

The hard-fought Primary Election, which puzzled many political observers due to the number of candidates, continues to leave many with questions even after polls have closed. The Democratic nominee for County Executive race remains in question. The top two vote-getters are separated by less than 500 votes.

Current Councilmember Marc Elrich and political newcomer and businessman David Blair have separated themselves from the four other Democratic candidates, but Elrich holds a slim 452 vote lead as of 12:45 am with 251 of 255 election precincts reported, and the absentee and provisional ballots still uncounted.

As of the last official release of numbers at 12:15 am on Thursday morning after the polls had closed, Elrich had garnered 34,729 votes, while David Blair had garnered 34,277 votes. Former Rockville Mayor Rose Krasnow, who many believed entered the race too late, garnered 17,999 votes. The two other current members of the County Council Roger Berliner and George Leventhal earned 15,290 and 12,186 votes respectively, while former Democratic Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates Bill Frick garnered just 4,268 votes.

The winner of the Democratic Primary will eventually face the winner of the Republican Primary in November. The Republican candidate is Boyds resident, Robin Ficker, who ran unopposed for the nomination on Tuesday. Ficker garnered 11,178 votes from Republicans in an election which the MCGOP did not need to turn out for in local races.

The final results of the election may not be known for 10 days, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.