The counting continues of absentee and provisional ballots. Right now, several elections remain very close.
In District 33 (Anne Arundel), the gap has already narrowed. Republicans are in danger of losing one of the three delegate seats. Democrat Heather Bagwell trails Del. Tony McConkey by just 196 votes. In 2012, McConkey attracted unwanted attention:
McConkey, an Anne Arundel County Republican, was ordered to pay $75,000 for what an administrative law judge called “fraudulent and unethical” behavior in real estate transactions. In one instance, the state found McConkey promised to help a woman keep her home, then didn’t return her calls, bought her property in foreclosure and sought to evict her.
He then sponsored legislation to make it easier for him to get his real estate license back.
District 34A (Havre de Grace) remains a nail biter. Incumbent Del. Glen Glass current trails Democrat Steve Johnson by just 19 votes. Del Mary Ann Lisanti appears to have a lock on the second seat.
District 34 (Harford) appears to have been a bit of a sleeper in the Senate as well as the House. Four years ago, Democratic Del. Mary-Dulany James sought to move from the House to the Senate, and got caught in the undertow, losing to now Sen. Bob Cassilly by 43% to 57%.
James tried a comeback this year. I figured that Cassilly was safe as an ensconced incumbent in tough territory for Democrats. But James sure is doing her best to prove me wrong. She trails Cassilly by 446 votes. Not such an easy catch up in a district where absentee ballots don’t lean especially Democratic but still intriguing.
Meanwhile, over in District 9 (Howard/Carroll), Democrat Katie Fry Hester has claimed victory over incumbent Republican Sen. Gail Bates. Hester’s victory has grown to 531 votes as more ballots have been counted.
If I’m missing any other close ones, let me know.