Few Surprises in Outcome of St. Mary’s Election

By David Noss

ST. MARY’S COUNTY, Md. – Least surprising of all, Hoyer beat his Green Party opponent Steven Warner by 19,613 to 4,286 votes. Not surprising given Hoyer’s $2.2M war chest compared to Warner’s paltry $3,978. But, Warner’s capture of 18% of the voters, given the vast odds, clearly demonstrates that not everyone in St. Mary’s is happy with Hoyer.

At the U.S. Senate level, Republican Michael Steele carried the county with 14,787 votes to Democrat Cardin’s 10,556. However, Cardin wins the state overall by a considerable margin.

One of the state’s most watched races didn’t turn out to be much of a contest after all. Incumbent Roy Dyson came away with more than twice as many votes as Thomas McKay in the race for Senator of District 29. The final count was 17,501 to 8,204. Note that these figures do not include the votes from the small portions of Calvert and Charles that constitute District 29.

All three incumbents for the State House of Delegates, John F. Wood, Jr. (D), John Bohanan (D), and Anthony O’Donnel (R), keep their seats by healthy margins.

In a much predicted victory, St. George Island waterman Jack Russell (D) inherits the County Commissioner President seat by a 2 to 1 margin over his challenger Joseph Bush, Sr. (R). This seat was vacated by Thomas McKay so that he could run against Roy Dyson.

All four of the other incumbent County Commissioners also kept their seats. Dan Raley (D) from District 4 ran unopposed. Kenny Dement (R-1), Thomas Mattingly, Sr. (D-2) and Larry Jarboe (R-3) all defeated their opponents by healthy margins.

The race that surprised many people was the one for Sheriff.  Newcomer Tim Cameron (R) edged out incumbent David Zylak (D) by more than 3,000 votes.

There are still 2,715 outstanding Absentee Ballots to be counted as well as an unspecified number of Provisional Ballots. However, it is not expected that the results would affect the outcome of any of the races.

We have the final counts for all races in our Election Guide at http://somd.com/elections/ . Stay tuned for additional election news.

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