In Anne Arundel County, three close races that could have been reversed by absentee ballots weren't.
In the closest, 964-944, Ernest C. Michaelson expanded a nine-vote lead to 20 over Michael Serabian in the GOP 2nd District council primary, according to the still-unofficial tally.
Incumbent Sheriff William Huggins remained ahead of challenger Norman Wedemeyer, 15,735-to-15,542, after 995 absentee ballots were totaled in the Democratic contest.
Likewise, Edith Segree held onto a lead -- 4,256-to-4,161 -- over Patricia Clagett for the third spot on the House 30th District's Democratic ticket.
Fewer than two dozen ballots rejected by the county's new computerized election system from 13 scattered precincts still must be counted but cannot change the outcome of any race, said Nancy Crawford of the county's election office.