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Democrats in District 12 retain lead after early voting

After the polls closed at 8 p.m. and the votes began to roll in, all six candidates vying for three open seats in the House of Delegates for District 12 remained optimistic.

As of 10:30 p.m., Democrats — Eric Ebersole, Clarence Lam and Terri Hill — led the three Republicans — Gordon Bull, Joseph Hooe and Rick Martel.

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The Republicans had begun the day with a deficit after the week-long early voting period. In results released today, Hill and Ebersole each had more than 4,700 votes and Lam had 4,652.

Hooe's total of 2,567 was the highest among the Republicans after early voting. Martel had 2,329 and Bull 2,280 votes.

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The edge for the Democrats came in Howard County, where each of the three received more than 3,500 votes during early voting. None of the Republicans received more than 1,250 during that time period.

The totals were much closer in Baltimore County after early voting, with 245 votes separating the top vote-getter from the sixth. Hooe's 1,324 votes were the most any of the six candidates received while Lam received the fewest in Baltimore County, with 1,079.

On Election Night in Baltimore County, 144 of 236 precincts have reported votes and in Howard County 26 of 118 have reported results. According to Maryland State Board of Elections results, Ebersole was the top vote-getter in the district, which includes portions of Baltimore and Howard counties with 19.69 percent.

Hill followed with 18.67 percent and Lam with 18.25 percent.

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Hooe wasn't far behind with 16.16 percent of the vote, Martel with 14.05 percent and Bull with 13.7 percent.

Despite some support for gubernatorial candidate Republican Larry Hogan in Baltimore County, Ebersole said he didn't think the race would affect the outcome of the District 12 contest.

"There was a good turnout among Democrats," said Ebersole, 55, a Catonsville resident and Howard County public school teacher. "If Brown's race had been a little more positive, it would have given us more of a tail wind."

Del. Steve DeBoy, longtime representative of District 12A stopped by to visit with the candidates at the Arbutus Town Hall on Election Night.

"It's a bad time to be a Democrat, but I think around here locally our folks will prevail," DeBoy said, adding that the public's discontent with the Democratic party is a reflection of their low approval ratings of U.S. President Barack Obama.

The three Democrats ran as a team with state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, a Democrat who has represented the district since 1987 and serves as chairman of the budget and taxation committee. Kasemeyer held a commanding lead over Republican challenger Jesse Pippy.

"Ed is really well established and he's been guiding us through this process," Ebersole said. "If we're elected, we're going to make a really good team."

Lam, 33, a Howard County physician, said the team is cautiously optimistic as the results came in.

"We had a good positive response from folks that we've talked to," Lam said. "Every vote counts equally, so we're going to be careful watching the early returns."

Nearby in Lansdowne, Hooe, 45, a small business owner said he was also watching the returns come in.

"It looks pretty promising," Hooe said.

Republican candidate Gordon Bull was at a crowded watch party at Chef Paolino Cafe in Ellicott City.

"We're sitting OK at the moment," Bull said. "The numbers that we're looking at look promising."

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