Mary Washington claims victory in Maryland Senate race against Joan Carter Conway

State Del. Mary Washington claimed a narrow victory Friday in her tight race in North Baltimore with incumbent Sen. Joan Carter Conway following the count of all absentee and provisional votes. The two-term delegate scored an upset win over the veteran Conway in the Democratic primary for the 43rd District seat. The unofficial margin after Friday’s count was 492 votes. Washington declared victory in a Facebook post.  On primary election night June 26, her margin over Conway had looked close to insurmountable, but Washington waited to declare victory and Conway did not concede. (Balt. Sun)

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Olszewski ekes out 9-vote win in Baltimore County Democratic primary for county executive

Election officials declared former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. the winner of the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive — by a mere nine votes — after a count of absentee and provisional ballots Friday. But the margin is almost certain to trigger a recount. The room was quiet as the final election results were announced Friday night at the county elections office in Hunt Valley, where supporters of Olszewski and his rivals, state Sen. Jim Brochin and County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, had waited anxiously. “We are so humbled ... by today’s results,” Olszewski said at a late-night news conference outside the county government’s Historic Courthouse in Towson. (Balt. Sun)

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Larry Hogan releases tax returns, showing he's made $2.4 million while governor

Gov. Larry Hogan released three years of tax returns Friday, showing he’s made about $2.4 million while governor of Maryland. Hogan was paid $175,000 last year as governor, but most of his household income came from his private real estate business. After becoming governor in 2015, Hogan entered into a trust agreement in which three trustees manage his dozens of real estate holdings, but the trustees can provide the governor details of financial performance. The trust agreement was approved by the State Ethics Commission. (Balt. Sun)

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Sydney Harrison and Rodney Streeter claim victory in close Prince George’s County Council races

Rodney Streeter and Sydney Harrison claimed victory late Friday in two closely watched Prince George’s County Council races that were too close to call after last week’s primary. In District 7, Streeter, chief of staff to council member Andrea Harrison (D), led Krystal Oriadha, a progressive activist, by 31 votes after officials finished tallying provisional and absentee ballots. In District 9, Sydney Harrison, the clerk of the county court, led activist and attorney Tamara Davis Brown by 55 votes. Candidates can contest the results of the primary up to three days after results are certified by officials — which could happen Monday — said Prince George’s County Board of Elections Deputy Administrator Daneen Banks. (Wash. Post)

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Jim Brochin to call for recount after 9-vote loss in primary for Baltimore County executive

State Sen. Jim Brochin said he plans to ask for a recount after losing the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive by just nine votes. Former Del. Johnny Olszewski Jr. was declared the winner Friday night after all absentee and provisional ballots were counted. “We are going to ask for a recount, as is available under law,” Brochin said Saturday morning. “The question is: What kind of recount?” Brochin said his campaign team was researching their options for what type of recount to request. He expects to learn more on the law from elections officials on Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County Council incumbent ousted in primary by two votes

Political newcomer Liz Walsh has upset incumbent County Councilman Jon Weinstein in Howard County’s Democratic primary, elections officials announced Friday. With all absentee and provisional ballots counted, Walsh beat Weinstein by two votes, according to Howard County Board of Elections Director Guy Mickley. “I’m not sure Howard County has ever seen a race this close,” Mickley said on Friday. Weinstein, in his first term, said he was weighing whether to ask for a recount. If the count stands, Weinstein’s loss will mean that the next five-member County Council will be entirely new and Walsh will face Republican Raj Kathuria in the November general election for the seat that represents Ellicott City. Kathuria was unopposed in the GOP primary. (Balt. Sun)

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Primary behind them, Schuh and Pittman focus on matchup in county executive race

For months, Steve Schuh and Steuart Pittman have been quietly building their campaigns for Anne Arundel County executive. Now that the primary elections are behind them, they’re ready to start selling their messages to county voters. “Game on,” said Pittman, a south county Democrat who is trying to unseat Schuh, the Republican incumbent. “We both felt the people in contested primaries should enjoy the limelight,” Schuh said. (Balt. Sun)

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McComas, Wagner win tight Harford primary races after final ballot canvass

More than a week after Election Night, Harford County Council candidate Robert Wagner can finally say he is the winner of the Republican nomination in the race for the District E seat on the council. “A long, drawn-out process, [but] we made it through it,” Wagner said after the results of the third and final absentee and provisional ballot canvass were finalized late Friday morning. (Aegis)

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