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Bartlett easily retains seat in U.S. House

November 03, 2004|by TAMELA BAKER

tammyb@herald-mail.com

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett coasted to a seventh term in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, handily defeating his Democratic challenger, dairy farmer and businessman Kenneth T. Bosley of Sparks, Md.

With 147 of the 6th District's 232 precincts reporting, Bartlett had 109,362 votes to Bosley's 48,019 votes.

In Washington County, with all precincts reporting, Bartlett had 34,077 votes to Bosley's 15,630.

Bartlett, 78, was celebrating with supporters at the Jug Bridge Restaurant in Frederick, Md. "We have worked very hard for the last 12 years, serving the 6th District, and we're honored to have this opportunity to serve for another two years," he said.

"We go into every race assuming we're 20 points behind," he said.

But the numbers Tuesday night belied that notion, with Bartlett handily defeating Bosley in every county in the district.

Nonetheless, the Bosley campaign wasn't conceding anything just yet.

Citing questions about getting accumulative numbers even from his home precinct, Webster Bosley, the candidate's son and campaign manager, said shortly after 10 p.m. that "it hasn't even started." He predicted Bosley's percentages in the 6th District would correspond with those of presidential contender John Kerry.

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Bosley, who declined to give his birth date but gives his age as "between 74 and 75, closer to 75," said he spent Monday night in Hagerstown and greeted supporters at the Washington County Free Library when polls opened at 7 a.m.

During the campaign, Bosley frequently referred to Bartlett, who registered as a noncombatant during World War II, as a "draft-dodger."

Bartlett said he registered as a noncombatant in compliance with his Seventh-day Adventist faith.

Bartlett, of Frederick, serves on the House Armed Services, Science and Small Business Committees.

A term in the U.S. House of Representatives is two years. The current salary is $158,100.

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