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Bartlett wins another term

November 06, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett handily fended off Democratic challenger Donald M. DeArmon's third attempt to unseat him during Tuesday's general election by a 2-to-1 ratio.

With all eight counties reporting complete but unofficial results, Bartlett had a commanding lead over DeArmon with 141,720 votes to DeArmon's 72,713 votes.

The win gives Bartlett a sixth term in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

Bartlett, 76, of Buckeystown, Md., could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

DeArmon said he called Bartlett at around 10 p.m. to concede.

The congressional staffer said it is "highly unlikely" he will try a fourth time to unseat Bartlett. DeArmon also ran for the congressional seat in 1994 and ran unsuccessfully in 1980 for the 1st District congressional seat held by then-Rep. Roy Dyson of the Eastern Shore.

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"I've had my shot so I think it's time to pass the torch to the next set of contestants," DeArmon said in a telephone interview from his Frederick, Md., home.

"Democrats have never run effective races against him and by effective I mean well financed," said DeArmon, 47.

The district consists of Washington, Allegany, Garrett, Frederick and Carroll counties and portions of Baltimore, Harford and Montgomery counties. It no longer includes Howard County after redistricting.

Bartlett, a farmer and retired scientist, won every county.

Bartlett had 63 percent of the vote, or 22,708 votes in Washington County. DeArmon had 37 percent, or 13,586 votes.

The congressional position pays $154,650 a year starting with the next Congress, Bartlett's spokeswoman Lisa Wright said. The tentative date for congressional members to be sworn in is Jan. 7.

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