About 41 percent of those registered to vote in Harford County’s 2008 Primary Election did so in the freezing rain Tuesday, choosing Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama over Sen. Hillary Clinton by fewer than 100 votes, overwhelming electing Harford County Circuit Court Judge Angela Eaves to the position she was appointed two months ago and helping propel state Sen. Andy Harris to his upset victory over longtime U.S. Congressman Wayne Gilchrest.
On Tuesday, about 48,000 voters of the 118,000 registered to participate in Harford County’s election did so, but Democrats voted more proportionally than Republicans. Forty-five percent of Harford County Democrats voted Tuesday (26,817 out of 59,552 registered) compared to only 36 percent of the county’s Republicans (21,351 out of 58,870 registered).
Even though the registration figures show a virtual dead heat between Dems and Repubs in Harford, the majority of Dems tend to vote GOP – as demonstrated in recent local Republican tides that have helped carry Bob Ehrlich and anyone holding onto his long coattails into office. Does this low Republican turnout mean Sen. John McCain isn’t going to be as successful motivating his base GOP votes or just that Harford voters knew he had no real challenge from Gov. Mike Huckabee?
In the local races, Judge Angela Eaves swept both the Republican and Democratic sides of the ticket in winning election to the Harford County Circuit Court Judge position she was appointed to the position by Gov. Martin O’Malley late last year. She fended off a strong campaign by Charles Wagner, who finished a distant second place.
The upset of the night may have been nine-term U.S. Congressman Wayne Gilchrest losing his District 1 race to state Sen. Andy Harris in the Republican primary.
In this three-way race for the Republican nomination, and virtual lock on winning the District 1 seat in the General Election, Gilchrest finished last in Harford County – trailing Harris’ 7,685 votes and state Sen. E.J. Pipkin’s 2,492 votes with 2,349 votes in the traditionally conservative-voting county. The race was more interesting district-wide, but Harris appeared to pull out the victory.
It’s time to start looking at the reality of who will fill Harris’ state senate seat if he indeed wins in the General Election and becomes the new District 1 congressman. Harris represents the eastern Baltimore and western Harford counties in District 7 and a logical choice would be to promote one of the three District 7 delegates to the state senator seat. But the trio of District 7 delegates – J.B. Jennings, Pat McDonough and Rick Impallaria, the latter two in particular – have raised more ire than goodwill among fellow legislators.
|U.S. CONGRESS 1||REP|
|Pipkin, E. J.||2492||19.28%|
|Gilchrest, Wayne T.||2349||18.17%|
|JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT 3||DEM|
|Eaves, Angela M.||15902||67.49%|
|Wagner, Charles F.||4301||18.25%|
|Andrews III, H. E.||2411||10.23%|
|Scheinin, Steven J.||949||4.03%|
|JUDGE CIRCUIT COURT 3||REP|
|Eaves, Angela M.||8215||43.30%|
|Wagner, Charles F.||7417||39.09%|
|Andrews III, H. E.||2387||12.58%|
|Scheinin, Steven J.||953||5.02%|
Click here for the complete results of the Harford County 2008 Presidential Primary Election.