Bongino wins, some races too close to call

Not everything in Tuesday's primary election came in by deadline for the print edition of The Sun. Here’s a look at few races that didn’t make today's story.

- Republican Daniel Bongino beat Richard J. Douglas in the Senate primary by nearly 9,000 votes, unofficial results show. Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, got into the race early and ran an aggressive grassroots campaign. Douglas, a former Pentagon official with an impressive military and legislative background, was never really able to catch up in support or fundraising. "The people of Maryland deserve a senator who will fight for them, and not the Washington establishment," Bongino said early Wednesday. In the general, Bonigno faces Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, who is considered safe for reelection.

- The race for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Congressional District remains too close to call. Businesswoman Wendy Rosen of Cockeysville claimed victory but her leading opponent, John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, isn't conceding. "While there are some votes still to be counted a clear trend has been established that shows Wendy is the victor," Rosen's campaign manager, Dan Ford, said in a statement. "We look forward to moving ahead with this campaign and having the chance to defeat Andy Harris in November." Unofficial results showed the two are separated by 128 votes. "The margin of this race remains extremely close," LaFerla campaign spokesman George Connelly wrote in an e-mail. "We all await the final results, including the counting of absentee ballots." Whoever wins will take on Republican Rep. Andy Harris in November. The seat is considered solidly Republican.

- Another race that remained too close to call: The fight for the Republican nomination in the 3rd District. Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris had the lead in early returns, but Eric Delano Knowles pulled ahead later in the evening and is now up by more than 900 votes. The winner will take on Rep. John Sarbanes in the general election in a district that is heavily Democratic.

- In a lengthy statement that arrived early Wednesday, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett pivoted to the general election in the 6th Congressional District, but not before taking a swipe at his colleagues in the State House. "The race for the Sixth District Republican primary has been called and the outcome reaffirms what I have always known: that the great wisdom in our country comes from we, the people, not the powers that be in Annapolis." Bartlett, who beat two state lawmakers and won the GOP nomination, said he looks forward to contrasting his record with Democratic nominee John Delaney. "No candidate running for Congress came from more humble beginnings than I did," Bartlett said. "My old school American values of devotion to faith, family, our Constitution, hard work and individual responsibility will always be in style."


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