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Biden Wins Maryland Primary, Brown Reelected

Although Maryland conducted its presidential primary election primarily by mail-in ballots, long lines late in the day Tuesday caused a delay in counting ballots.

It didn’t matter because former Vice President Joe Biden easily won the Democratic presidential primary with 418,524 votes, according to unofficial results.

The second-place finisher, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), garnered 28,590 votes.

Because Sanders dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, Biden will be the presumptive nominee at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in August.

Democrats are helping to prepare Biden to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November general election.

According to the state board of elections, unofficial results don’t include ballots postmarked and those slipped in drop-box ballots Tuesday.

The state mailed more than three million ballots to registered voters in Maryland’s first election conducted primarily by mail.

On Tuesday, about 38,000 voters in-person statewide before 8 p.m.

Locally, Prince George’s County had nearly 629,000 registered voters by April 30.

As of Tuesday morning, the county’s Board of Elections received almost 126,170 vote-by-mail ballots and 6,405 absentee ballots.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, the results from those who voted Tuesday aren’t tallied on the county Board of Elections website. In addition, election officials must still count ballots postmarked by June 2 that may take a few days to receive.

Unofficial results show the two Congressional incumbents with large margins and declared winners of the Democratic nomination.

Longtime Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) easily won the Democratic nomination for the 5th Congressional District with 28,553 votes. The district includes Southern Maryland’s three counties and portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

“I am honored that Democrats in Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District have once again selected me to be their nominee, and I thank all those who worked hard to ensure that voters in Maryland could cast their ballots and have them counted amid the unprecedented circumstances of this pandemic,” Hoyer said in a statement. “I will continue to fight every day for the values of our party and our District, for equality, justice, and opportunity for all.”

Hoyer will face Republican Doug Sayers in the general election, but Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state by a 2-to-1 ratio.

Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Maryland), who represents the 4th Congressional District in portions of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, won the Democratic nomination with 56,733 votes. Slightly more than 45,000 came from Prince George’s with municipalities and communities that include District Heights, Glenarden and Largo.

The other candidates, Shelia Bryant, received 8,740 votes and Kim A. Shelton with 2,278 votes.

Brown will face Republican challenger George McDermott. With Prince George’s housing the most Democratic voters in Maryland, Brown anticipates retaining his seat.

In a rare judicial contest, Prince George’s voters had to select five Circuit Court judges.

Judge races are nonpartisan, so all seven candidates ran on the Democratic and Republican ballots.

The top five vote-getters on either ballot will appear on the November general election ballot. The winners will serve 15-year terms.

So far, incumbent Wytonja Curry received the most votes on the Democratic ballot with 61,536 votes, but did not make the top five candidates on the Republican ballot.

The other four candidates with the top votes on the Democratic ballot are incumbents ShaRon M. Grayson with 59,880, Cathy H. Serrette with 53,413 and Jared Michael McCarthy with 47,812.

Gladys Weatherspoon, a defense attorney who ran an independent campaign, garnered 47,564 votes.

Weatherspoon also received the fourth highest number of votes on the Republican ballot with 2,430 votes, according to unofficial results.

The candidates who received the other top four spots on the Republican ballot are Serrette with 3,348 votes; McCarthy with 3,327; incumbent Byron Seth Bereano with 2,931; and Grayson with 2,301.

April Ademiluyi, an attorney who practices real estate and intellectual property and ran an independent campaign, received the lowest vote total on both the Democratic and Republican ballots with 41,596 and 1,857, respectively.

Two Prince George’s political novices are on top of the two school board races.

In District 4, Shayla Adams-Stafford has 3,508 votes.

Adams-Stafford, who received the only non-incumbent endorsement from Progressive Maryland, works as an instructional coach training teachers. She also runs a nonprofit organization called “RemixEducation,” which seeks to provide resources for first-generation college students.

Incumbent Bryan Swann stands in second place with 1,952 votes. Mohammed Ali garnered 1,100 votes. Trina D. Brown with 905 votes and Alethia J. Simmons with 449.

District 4 schools include Beacon Heights Elementary in Riverdale, Kenmoor Middle in Landover and Bladensburg High.

Kenneth F. Harris II, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt who works as a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, sits as the top vote-getter for the District 7 school board seat with 4,693.

District 7 schools include Arrowhead Elementary in Upper Marlboro, Benjamin Stoddert Middle in Temple Hills and Suitland High in Forestville.

Alexis Branch, a 2019 graduate from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, garnered 3,104 votes and incumbent K. Alexander Wallace with 1,336 votes.

William J. Ford – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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