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County Executive Race is Still Tight: Blair Closes the Gap After First Round of Absentee Ballots Hav

The race for Montgomery County Executive is still very close after the first round of absentee ballots were counted by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Marc Elrich remains the leader, but the lead is shrinking. After election night on Tuesday, the Democratic Primary Election resulted in a very tight race with just 452 votes separating Marc Elrich and David Blair.

On Thursday, the Board of Elections counted 3,140 of the 14,902 absentee ballots, and Elrich still leads by just 269 votes. However, David Blair was the largest vote-getter in that first batch of absentee ballots with 980 or 31.2 percent. Elrich received 757 votes or 24.1 percent in the first canvass of absentee ballots. Blair closed the lead by 183 votes.

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

Either Blair or Elrich will run against Republican candidate, Boyds resident, Robin Ficker in the November General Election.

A statement from the Board of Elections on Wednesday read, “There were 14,902 absentee and 3,616 provisional ballots issued in the Gubernatorial Primary Election. The absentee and provisional ballots are counted in a public process by bipartisan teams of voters during the weeks following the election. Results for each of these ballot-counting sessions referred to as the ‘canvasses,’ are then added to the Election Day totals before the official results of the election are certified.”