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Donoghue edges out Muldowney

November 08, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Despite a hard-charging challenge from his Republican opponent, Democrat John P. Donoghue apparently has retained his state delegate seat in Subdistrict 2C.

Donoghue received 4,577 votes in Tuesday's election, while Republican Paul Muldowney had 3,651, according to complete but unofficial results from all 17 precincts.

Donoghue's win means Washington County still will have at least one Democrat in the Maryland General Assembly.

The margin might be too great for absentee and provisional ballots to change the result.

As of Tuesday evening, the Washington County Board of Elections had issued 974 absentee ballots to voters in Subdistrict 2C, which roughly follows the boundaries of the city of Hagerstown, and 863 had been returned.

The number of provisional ballots - for voters whose registration was uncertain at the polls - was unknown Tuesday night.

The board of elections will start counting absentee ballots Thursday.

Reached at home after results were announced, Muldowney declined to comment.

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Donoghue, who is seeking a fifth term, didn't return messages left at his home and cell phone before deadline.

Donoghue, 49, of Hagerstown, defeated Muldowney in a 1998 Democratic primary. Two years later, Muldowney, 71, a former two-term state delegate, became a Republican.

Delegates serve four-year terms. The salary is $43,500.

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