State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling poses with supporters last year when he announced he was going to run for Congress. Salling was declared the winner this week in the Republican primary for the Second Congressional District.

BALTIMORE COUNTY — State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-6, held off three opponents to snag a narrow victory in the Republican primary for the U.S. Representative from the 2nd District.

Salling had 5,942 votes, for 19.1 percent of the total votes cast. He had 19.3 percent at the start of the last week as votes continue to be tallied from the June 2 election.

Voting was mainly done by mail, causing the delay in the tallying of results for the final outcome.

Genevieve Morris slipped past Tim Fazenbaker to take second place, 5,134 (16.5 percent) to 5,123 (16.

Rick Impallaria finished fourth with 5,061 votes (16.2 percent). Jim Simpson took fourth with 4m764 (15.3) and Scott Collier was next with 3,564 (11/4 percent).

(Figures taken from the Maryland Board of Elections web site.)

The totals include mail-in ballots, in-person voting and Provisional votes.

Incumbent Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger easily won the Democratic nomination by a margin of 82,167 to 20,222 over challenger Michael Feldman.

Jake Pretot has 9,780 votes.

Ruppersberger has held the 2nd District seat since 2002. He was the first Democrat to hold the seat since Helen Bentley ended Clarence Long’s 22-year run in 1984.

Bentley stepped down for an unsuccessful run for governor in 1994 and was succeeded by Republican Robert Ehrlich, whose decision to run for governor (successfully) in 2002 opened the door for Ruppersberger.

Salling built his lead by receiving 4,7010 votes in Baltimore County. He had a total of 1,232 votes in the other four jurisdictions of the 2nd District (Baltimore City and Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties).

Fazenbaker has 3,367 votes in Baltimore County and 1,756 in the other jurisdictions; Simpson’s totals were 3,145 and 1,619; Impallaria has 3,093 and 1,968; and Morris tallied 2,992 in Baltimore County and 2,142 in the other jurisdictions.

Collier, with 2,225 votes in Baltimore County, added 1,339 in the other jurisdictions.

There were no surprises in the Presidential primaries. Incumbent President Donald Trump won the Republican primary 292,437 to 43,269 over Bill Weld, while presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden towered over a field of 11 candidates on the ballot with 854,193 votes.

The closest contender to Biden was Bernie Sanders, with 78,104 votes. Only one other candidate received greater than one percent of the vote: Elizabeth Warren with 23,428 (2.4 percent).

Trump is led Weld in Baltimore County 44,758 to 5,732. Biden has 119,825 votes in Baltimore County, to Sanders’ 10,558 and Warren’s 2,939.

All eight delegates to the Democratic National Convention from the 2nd District (four male, four female) are pledged to Biden; all three delegates to the Republican National Convention from the 2nd District are pledged to President Trump.

Kimberly Klacik, a Middle River resident,has been declared the winner of the Republican race for the District 7 Congressional representative with 16,465 votes. The closest contender, Liz Matory, was second with 3,401.

Incumbent Democrat Kweisi Mfume, who won a special election earlier this year to replace the late Elijah Cummings, has 113,061 votes to declare victory over a field of 20 candidates.

Closest to Mfume is Maya Rockeymoore Cummings with 15,208.

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