An article in Thursday's editions reported incorrectly that this year's election was the first in which Baltimore County shared legislative districts with another subdivision. In fact, Baltimore County and Carroll County previously shared a district.
The Sun regrets the errors.
With two of its senior delegates losing at the polls and others falling to retirement and higher political ambition, Baltimore County's General Assembly delegation will be decidedly green and short on political clout in January.
Fourteen of the 21 delegates will be new as will two of seven senators. Among the nonreturnees are the House majority leader and House minority leader Ellen Sauerbrey, the Republican candidate for governor.
If unofficial vote totals hold up when absentee ballots are counted today, voters will have turned out two of the most experienced legislators, House Majority Leader Kenneth H. Masters of Catonsville and E. Farrell Maddox of White Marsh, chairman of the county House delegation.
"Politics is a strange business: those who live by elections, die by elections," Mr. Masters, a 16-year veteran, said philosophically.
The Election Board will count more than 5,000 absentee ballots today. The absentees could change one, possibly two, races.
In the 6th District, 534 votes separate first and fifth for the three seats. Mr. Maddox's fate rests with the absentees. He finished fourth, 31 votes behind Del. Michael H. Weir, and 31 votes ahead of Nancy Hastings, a former county employee and Republican activist.
Two newcomers will fill out the 6th District seats, including Kenneth Holt, 43, of Bradshaw, a securities manager, thought be the first-ever GOP delegate from the area. Mr. Holt led all candidates, finishing 220 votes ahead of Democrat Diane DeCarlo, 48, of White Marsh, a businesswoman and political activist.
The other district where absentees could change things is the 11th where Republican Michael J. Buchanan finished fourth, 563 votes behind Democrat Robert L. Frank.
The county made history Tuesday by electing its first black General Assembly members -- a senator and three delegates from the 10th District on the Westside. They will represent one of the new cross-border districts mandated by population changes the 1990 census and court rulings that ordered more minority representation.
For the first time, the county shares districts with adjacent subdivisions: Districts 8, 10, 42, 46 and 47 with the city, District 12 with Howard County and a sliver of the 6th District with Harford County. The seven cross-border districts already are raising questions with some legislators.
Republican Del. Martha S. Klima of subdistrict 9A said she worries about "the impact of city legislators who reach into the county."
"They have an equal vote with county legislators," she said. "My allegiance will be to Baltimore County. Where will their allegiances be?"
Democratic Del. Thomas E. Dewberry, who won in subdistrict 47B, had the same concern.
"Divided loyalties on various issues will make it difficult," Mr. Dewberry said.
If the vote totals from Tuesday's election hold, Republicans will keep seven seats while Democrats will be reduced from 15 to 14.
The new county Senate delegation will have six Democrats and Republican F. Vernon Boozer of Towson, who ran unopposed.
There will be two women senators, compared to three in the last term. Paula C. Hollinger, re-elected in the 11th District, will be joined by former Del. Delores G. Kelley, the county's first black senator. Democrats Janice Piccinini and Nancy L. Murphy lost in the primary.
Another county newcomer will be Edward J. Kasemeyer, a former Democratic senator from Howard County, who made a successful comeback in the new 12th District.
Three blacks from the 10th District will be among the new delegates: Emmett C. Burns Jr., Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and Joan N. Parker.
Besides Mrs. Sauerbrey, whose gubernatorial bid hangs on absentee ballots, six delegates left the House to run for other offices.
Del. Gerry L. Brewster defeated Del. Connie C. Galiazzo in the Democratic primary for the 2nd District congressional seat, then lost Tuesday to another House dropout, Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Democratic delegates Joseph Bartenfelder and Louis L. DePazzo won seats on the County Council while Republican Del. John J. Bishop lost a Senate bid against Thomas L. Bromwell, chairman of the county's Senate delegation.
Democrats Leon Albin, Theodore Levin, Richard Rynd and Louis P. Morsberger lost in the primary. Democrats Lawrence A. LaMotte and Leslie E. Hutchinson did not seek re-election.
Women picked up one delegate seat. Four are Democrats, all newcomers, with Mrs. Klima the lone Republican.
The 9th District will have an all-Republican delegation. Besides Senator Boozer and and Mrs. Klima, the others are Del. A. Wade Kach who was re-elected in subdistrict 9A, and James M. Kelly, a state trooper turned banker, in subdistrict 9B.
Mr. Kelly "made the district whole again," Mrs. Klima said.