From staff and AP reports
Former Democratic governor William Donald Schaefer and Republican Timothy R. Mayberry, a Boonsboro resident, appeared headed for a general election contest for Maryland comptroller.
The winner will succeed the late Louis L. Goldstein.
With 57 percent of the precincts reporting, Schaefer had 125,974 votes, or 54 percent. His closest competitor in the balloting was Baltimore comptroller Joan Pratt, with 54,458, or 23 percent.
Mayberry had 35,975 votes, or 27 percent, to Michael Steele's 27,109, or 20 percent.
Votes from some of the state's biggest jurisdictions, including Baltimore city, Baltimore County and Prince George's County, were slow in coming, however, making the final tally hard to call.