With 341 absentee ballots counted, Dennis Frazier, the incumbent Republican commissioner for District 3, is still the top vote-getter in this year’s Republican primary and heading to the general election in November.
Frazier’s total, 1,281, narrowly surpasses challenger Tom Gordon’s 1,225, by a mere 56 votes — with 18 additional votes coming in for the former and 21 for the latter.
District 3 expects 46 more provisional ballots to be counted next Thursday, Carroll County Election Director Katherine Berry said, but with Frazier more than 46 votes in the lead, any split between the candidates wouldn’t be enough to put Gordon ahead.
Frazier said he doesn’t want to make any assumptions, though, until the last numbers come in.
“I still have a Democratic candidate to go up against in the general election,” said Frazier, “so I don’t want to take anything for granted.”
He also said that the small percentage of voters that came out showed a random sampling of his and Gordon’s supporters, and that in his opinion the race shouldn’t have been so close.
“The fact is it’s a very, very low voter turnout for Carroll County,” said Frazier after votes came in Tuesday night, “and when it’s that low anything can happen. I’m glad I won, but I think it’s a lot closer than I thought it was going to be.”
Frazier will face Democrat Maria Warburton in November, the Democratic winner in District 3, in a race much like the last one, he said.
“I was against Warburton in the last election,” Frazier, noting he finished well ahead of his challenger in 2014. He received nearly 73 percent of the vote to Warburton’s 26 percent.
“But again, because of how I am I don't take that for granted either,” Frazier said. “We will see what happens.”