Preliminary results are in for Dorchester vote

Submitted to The Dorchester Banner Local voters made their choices in the primary elections on Tuesday.

Submitted to The Dorchester Banner
Local voters made their choices in the primary elections on Tuesday.

CAMBRIDGE – The Dorchester County Board of Elections has posted preliminary results from Tuesday’s primary vote. Overall, 40 of 43 precincts, or 93.03 percent of the ballots, were included in the numbers.

Turnout was low, at 25.02 percent overall – 30.40 percent of Republicans and 20.65 percent of Democrats voted in their parties’ races, choosing the candidates who will face off in November.

There were 18,014 registered voters in the county, of whom 8,090 are Republican and 9,924 are Democrats. Total votes cast were 4,508; 2,459 Republican and 2,049 Democratic. Two ballots overall were blank.

Voters chose among candidates running for county, state and federal posts. Several were uncontested, with only one candidate.

In one local race, Republican for County Council from District 4, challenger Lenny Pfeffer defeated incumbent Rick Price.

I am very happy with the results,” Mr. Pfeffer wrote on social media. “Final results will not be certified until July 6 after provision and absentees are all counted. Thank you to everyone who has gotten me to this point!”

In the contest for Republican from District 37B in the House of Delegates, incumbents Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz held off Keith Graffius’ strong campaign in Dorchester County.

I called Christopher Adams last night, congratulated him on his victory and had a nice conversation,” Mr. Graffius said in a prepared statement. “We came up short at the ballot, but I feel like I won. Because I did. So many hearts, friends and relationships gained. Don’t be dismayed, be inspired! Be a party of your community, give back and be involved…it was was our message from the beginning and it hasn’t changed. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.”

Among the contested local races were the following results:

Republican, House of Delegates 37B

26 of 29 precints, 89.66 percent of votes

Christopher T. Adams – 859

Mimi Gedamu – 108

Keith Graffius – 907

Johnny Mautz – 1,655

Mr. Mautz and Mr. Adams will advance to the general election. Though Mr. Graffius garnered more votes in Dorchester County than Mr. Adams, District 37B also includes parts of Talbot, Caroline and Wicomico counties, where Mr. Adams had stronger support.

Republican County Council District 4

5 of 8 precints, 62.50 percent of votes

Lenny Pfeffer – 258

Rick Price – 177

William Neil Windsor – 60

Republican County Council District 5

13 of 16 precints, 81.25 percent of vote

Thomas Bradshaw – 235

Libby Handley Nagel – 330

Republican Register of Wills

40 of 43 precincts, 93.02

Richard F. Colburn – 1,357

Kevin B. Webster – 841

Democratic House of Delegates District 37A

15 of 18 precints, 83.33 percent of vote

Charles Cephas Sr. – 311

Sheree Sample-Hughes – 493

Democratic County Council District 1

17 of 20 precints, 85 percent of vote

Betsy Hughes – 164

Jay Leonard Newcomb – 308

Complete results as of Wednesday morning can be found at dorcomdelections.org.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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