Marc Elrich’s Lead Over David Blair Has Increased to 198 After Friday Night’s Democratic Primary Update

by MCS Staff

“Most, if not all” canvassing of mail-in ballots has been completed and work has begun on 7,000 + provisional ballots (additional information below). The latest update by the Maryland State Board of Elections in the Democratic primary for Montgomery County Executive  (9:47pm, 8/5) shows that incumbent Marc Elrich (53,224, 39.29%) has increased his lead over David Blair (53,026, 39.14%), going from a lead of 154 votes after Wednesday night’s tabulations to 198 after Friday night’s update (canvassing did not take place on Thursday.

David Blair led by 1,191 votes when early voting and Election Day votes were tallied. Elrich took the lead early on during the canvassing of mail-in votes, but Blair closed the gap and eventually reclaimed the lead. Elrich regained the lead on the first day of August, increased it by 53 additional votes in Tuesday night‘s update, with David Blair cutting the lead by 19 in the Wednesday night update before Elrich increased his heal by 44 votes a Friday night. Overall, Blair has received 23,672 mail-in/provisional ballot votes compared to 25,196 for Marc Elrich. Marc Elrich defeated David Blair by just 77 votes in the 2018 Democratic Primary.

According to Steve Bohnel of Bethesda Beat, Election Judge Gilberto Zelaya stated that “most, if not all, of the 4,000+ mail-in ballots left have been canvassed. The teams have started on more than 7,000 provisionals. Zelaya hopes that work will be completed tomorrow.”



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