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1C race remains unchanged

November 18, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ and RICHARD BELISLE

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LeRoy E. Myers Jr.'s narrow lead over Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. in the District 1C delegate race did not change Friday when a handful of remaining ballots were counted.

Myers, a Republican new to politics, remained 71 votes ahead of Taylor, a Democrat who has served in the legislature for 28 years and as House speaker for nine years. Myers is ahead 6,651 to 5,580.

The district spans parts of Washington and Allegany counties.

Taylor has said he will ask for a recount. On Thursday, an Anne Arundel County circuit judge ruled Taylor must post a $10,000 bond in advance of the recount.

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Taylor was widely considered a favorite going into the Nov. 5 general election. However, Myers' resounding victory in Washington County more than offset Taylor's majority in Allegany County.

On Friday, overseas and provisional ballots were counted, along with a few ballots from the general election held back to preserve the identity and vote of the other ballots.

In Washington County, Taylor picked up five votes and Myers received three. Myers now has 3,868 votes in Washington County to Taylor's 1,199.

There was one write-in vote for Myers, but it will not be counted unless there is a recount, the Washington County Board of Elections said.

In Allegany County, Myers gained three votes and Taylor added one. That put the Allegany County total at 4,381 for Taylor and 2,783 for Myers.

Votes will be recounted either electronically or by hand once the results are certified.

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