11:38 p.m. – The Montogmery County executive race remains too close to call between Marc Elrich and David Blair. This race will come down to the absentee ballot counts.
11:11 p.m. – All election day precincts are reporting inside County Council Districts 2 and 3, with incumbents leading in both races. Council member Sidney Katz held onto a slim lead over his District 3 opponent Ben Shnider, while council member Craig Rice was winning by a sizable margin in his District 2 race against Tiquia Bennett. In the Republican primary for District 2, Ed Amatetti was ahead of his two rivals:
10:55 p.m. – Marc Elrich is maintaining a slim lead over David Blair in the Democratic race for Montgomery County executive with 97 percent precincts reporting as of 10:50 p.m.
Some piercing screams heard from the top floor at The Barking Dog as @Marc_Elrich is up by about 375 votes with 96% of precincts reported over @DavidTBlair. (Elrich is in the purple dress shirt in the video). pic.twitter.com/Frj5Vs8tjB
— Erin Doherty (@erin_dohh) June 27, 2018
Also, it’s important to remember there are about 12,000 Democratic absentee ballots that were sent out this year. Those ballots will be counted on Thursday and a second count is scheduled for July 6. Provisional ballots may also impact the county executive race.
10:45 p.m. – Ben Jealous is going to be the Democratic nominee for governor in Maryland. The Washington Post called the race for Jealous, who is leading Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker by more than 50,000 votes, with 89 percent of the votes counted. Jealous, a former head of the NAACP, will face popular incumbent Republican Larry Hogan in the general election.
10:40 p.m. – It’s a true political horse race for Montgomery County executive. Marc Elrich leads David Blair by less than 100 votes with 93 percent of precincts in the county reporting as of 10:30 p.m.:
Supporters chant “go Mark, go!” At @Marc_Elrich watch party as margin between Elrich and Blair narrows- Blair with 31,737 votes and Elrich with 31,695 with 87.6% of precincts reported at 10:31 pm. pic.twitter.com/AfqUK55Ppp
— Erin Doherty (@erin_dohh) June 27, 2018
10:28 p.m. – With nearly 80 percent of the vote reporting in the Democratic contest for District 18 Senate, Del. Jeff Waldstreicher was leading political activist Dana Beyer, 49 percent to 38 percent, in what was the county’s most watched — and arguably nastiest — state legislative contest of the primary season. Business owner Michelle Carhart was running third with 13 percent. In the only other contested Senate primary of the night, District 15 Sen. Brian Feldman — seeking a second full term — was overwhelming businessman Hongjun Xin by a better than 6-1 margin. Feldman spent more than a decade in the House of Delegates prior to being appointed to the Senate in 2013 to fill a vacancy.
10:14 p.m. – While Ben Jealous is leading Rushern Baker by a comfortable margin statewide, the race is much closer in Montgomery County. With three quarters of the precincts reporting, Jealous has a roughly 2,000-vote lead over Baker locally. Statewide, he is leading by 40,000 votes. County voters are also giving state Sen. Rich Madaleno of Kensington much of his support. About half of the votes cast for Madaleno came from the county.
10:09 p.m. – Here are the latest numbers in the Montgomery County executive race, with 80 percent of precincts reporting:
10:07 p.m. – Potomac businessman David Trone has a 10 percentage point lead over state Del. Aruna Miller in the 6th District congressional race. With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Trone has 17,609 votes to Miller’s 13,365.
10:03 p.m. – With nearly one-third of the vote reporting in the 33-way race for County Council at-large, the four candidates who had been seen as the pre-primary favorites were holding an early lead. Incumbent Hans Riemer was ahead with 12.8 percent of the total vote, followed by former Obama administration official Will Jawando with 10.1 percent; former journalist and Silver Spring activist Evan Glass, 8.5 percent; and county recreation director Gabe Albornoz, 7.9 percent. With four nominations at stake, running behind the front-runners were Gaithersburg/Germantown Chamber of Commerce CEO Marilyn Balcombe, 6.5 percent, and Progressive Maryland staff member Brandy Brooks, 5.8 percent. The margin between Albornoz in fourth place and Balcombe in fifth place was about 3,000 votes.
9:48 p.m. – Local state Sen. Rich Madaleno is trailing badly in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. With just over 50 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Madaleno has 5.5 percent of the vote, compared with 39.2 percent for Ben Jealous and 30.8 percent for Rushern Baker.
9:45 p.m. – Four County Council at-large candidates are pulling away from the field of 33 Democrats with 21.6 percent primary election day precincts reporting:
9:41 p.m. – In the District 6 Democratic Congressional primary, businessman David Trone is leading state Del. Aruna Miller, 6,903 votes to 5,560 votes, with 19 of 237 precincts reporting. In Montgomery County, Miller is leading Trone, 4,207 votes to 3,684 votes.
9:38 p.m. – In the at-large school board race, candidates Karla Silvestre and Julie Reiley are pulling ahead of the other six candidates. Incumbent Pat O’Neill has opened up a large lead over her two rivals in the District 3 contest. The top two candidates in each race will advance to the general election.
9:35 p.m. – Updated raw data in county executive race. Blair cuts Elrich’s lead to about 250 votes with 21 percent of precincts reporting: Statewide, Jealous is leading Baker by 10 percentage points in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, with 407 of 1991 precincts reporting.
New raw data just appeared on Montgomery County executive race – David Blair cuts Marc Elrich’s lead to about 250 votes with 21 percent of precincts reporting. Blair now outpacing Elrich in primary election day votes (right column): #mocovotes #mdpolitics pic.twitter.com/adHnMAJoOI
— Andrew Metcalf (@AJwatchMD) June 27, 2018
9:20 p.m. – Early returns are beginning to flow in.
Montgomery County executive race – Marc Elrich has slim lead over David Blair in early voting:
In County Council at-large, Hans Riemer, Will Jawando, Evan Glass and Gabe Albornoz in lead after early voting:
In Bethesda, Potomac and Chevy Chase’s District 1 County Council race, Andrew Friedson has a sizable early voting lead over other contenders:
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has a slim lead over former NAACP President Ben Jealous in Montgomery County in the Democratic gubernatorial primary:
8:45 p.m. – The watch parties are underway. Potomac businessman David Blair and County Council member Marc Elrich, two county executive candidates seen as favorites to win, have kicked off their parties. Blair is at the Badlands children’s play center that he and his wife opened in Rockville, while Elrich is at The Barking Dog, a restaurant in downtown Bethesda.
Elrich said in a brief interview he is “tired, exhausted,” but optimistic. “My people are motivated,” he added. Meanwhile, Blair was captured in a photo checking his watch as he waits for early voting returns to come in at 9 p.m.
— Leigh C McDonald (@leighcmcdonald) June 27, 2018
Council member Roger Berliner is holding his watch party at Owen’s Ordinary, a brew pub in North Bethesda. Former Rockville mayor Rose Krasnow is at Crossroads BBQ in Rockville. Other candidates in the race include state Del. Bill Frick (D-Bethesda) and council member George Leventhal.
Elrich’s campaign manager, @BenSpielberg, is ready for results. “There’s so many unknowns and that’s obviously nerve wracking, but I feel like we executed our game plan and I’m hopeful and just waiting to see what happens,” he said. #MoCoVotes
— Erin Doherty (@erin_dohh) June 27, 2018
— Neal Earley (@neal_earley) June 27, 2018
8:24 p.m. – A Montgomery County elections board spokeswoman says today’s vote totals should be posted on schedule, despite the delayed release of early voting numbers.
The first results from today’s voting should be available between 9 and 9:20 p.m., with more totals flowing in throughout the night, said Margie Roher, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
However, she said the number of provisional ballots cast Tuesday by Montgomery County voters probably won’t be released until Wednesday afternoon. During early voting, 435 people cast provisional ballots.
As of 4 p.m., a total of 42 provisional ballots had been cast out of the 1,486 ballots cast at three polling stations in downtown Bethesda.
Roher said she wasn’t aware of any voting glitches Tuesday, adding that turnout seemed to be light.
“Every indication I’ve had is that it was a really slow day,” she said.
7:45 p.m. – The polls close in Maryland at 8 p.m., but results from last week’s early voting won’t be released until 9 p.m. That’s because a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge ruled that three precincts in Baltimore must remain open until 9 p.m. because they opened late after pollworkers were “unable to access the secure room where the voting equipment and supplies were stored.”
Early voting results will likely show who will be the leading contenders in many county races, including county executive. About 36,000 Montgomery County residents voted during early voting—nearly double the amount in the 2014 gubernatorial primary. However, election judges at four different precincts in the Bethesda area said around 4 p.m. that primary day turnout had been slow, according to Bethesda Beat.
Primary day results will be released later tonight as they are reported by local precincts.