Marc Elrich Leads David Blair By 42 Votes After Saturday Night’s Democratic Primary Update; 34 Ballots Left To Be Scanned Sunday

by MCS Staff

All mail-in ballots and all but 37 of the 7,000 + provisional ballots have been tabulated, according to Montgomery County’s Board of Elections. The latest update by the Maryland State Board of Elections in the Democratic primary for Montgomery County Executive  (8:15pm, 8/6) shows that incumbent Marc Elrich (55,469, 39.20%) has a 42 vote lead over David Blair (55,427, 39.17%), going from a lead of 198 after Friday night’s update.

David Blair led by 1,191 votes when early voting and Election Day votes were tallied. The lead went back and forth with Marc Elrich keeping a three-digit lead over David Blair the last few days until Saturday night’s update. Overall, Blair has received 26,073 mail-in/provisional ballot votes compared to 27,441 for Marc Elrich. Marc Elrich defeated David Blair by just 77 votes in the 2018 Democratic Primary.

If this tally, or the tally after tomorrow’s 34 ballots, becomes official then David Blair would have the ability to ask for a recount. Per the Board of Elections, there are four options to recount votes cast during early voting, on election day or by absentee or provisional ballot:

(1) a manual recount of the reports printed from voting units used in early voting, election day, and the absentee and provisional ballot canvasses;

(2) a re-scan of voted paper ballots involved in the recount; (3) a manual recount of voted paper ballots involved in the recount;
(4) a manual recount of ballot images of voted ballots involved in the recount.

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