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U.S. Rep. Bartlett wins primary

Dougherty is likely opponent

February 13, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett handily won a chance at a ninth term in Congress by winning a Republican primary on Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial results.

His apparent opponent will be Jennifer Dougherty, who was leading Andrew Duck in the Democratic primary, according to results from about 98 percent of the 240 precincts in Maryland's 6th District.

"We're certainly not done yet ... (but) I feel very optimistic about this," Dougherty said late Tuesday.

Bartlett, 81, a scientist and farmer who lives in Frederick, Md., has said he was running for a ninth two-year term to fight against big spending.

He had a large lead over four other candidates in the Republican primary.

Dougherty, 46, of Frederick, Md., and Duck, 45, of Brunswick, Md., listed dissatisfaction with the progress of the war in Iraq at the top of their respective campaign platforms.

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Three other Democratic candidates were well behind them.

Dougherty served as mayor of Frederick from 2002 to 2006.

The 6th District includes all of Washington, Garrett, Allegany, Frederick and Carroll counties, and parts of Montgomery, Harford and Baltimore counties.

Its 240 precincts include 50 in Washington County.

Tuesday's unofficial results do not include absentee, provisional or overseas ballots.

There will be at least 1,200 absentee ballots just in Washington County.

Bartlett and the Democratic primary winner might have another opponent in November.

Gary William Hoover Sr., 50, of Clear Spring, who is not affiliated with a party, is planning to run in the general election.

To qualify, he needs to submit, by Aug. 4, a petition with the signatures of 4,095 voters registered in the 6th District, according to Jared DeMarinis, the Maryland State Board of Elections' director of candidacy and campaign finance.

District 6 Congressional race



Democrats

· 235 of 240 precincts - 98 percent

Jennifer Dougherty 23,746 - 44 percent

Andrew Duck 19,794 - 37 percent

Robin Deibert 5,343 - 10 percent

Larry Smith 3,786 - 7 percent

Rick Lank 1,095 - 2 percent

Republicans

· 235 of 240 precincts - 98 percent

Roscoe Bartlett (i) 47,597 - 78 percent

Joseph Krysztoforski 5,198 - 8 percent

Tom Croft 4,508 - 7 percent

John Kimble 3,150 - 5 percent

Frank Nethken 781 - 1 percent

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