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Bartlett, Dougherty to face off in November for congressional seat

February 14, 2008

Incumbent Roscoe Bartlett and former Frederick, Md., mayor Jennifer Dougherty will square off for the 6th District Congressional seat in the Nov. 4 general election.

Bartlett garnered 78 percent of the vote in GOP balloting Tuesday for the seat in Maryland's primary election. He is serving his eighth term in Congress.

Dougherty was the apparent winner on the Democratic side of the ballot, finishing with about 44 percent of the votes cast.

Dougherty came out on top of a hard-fought battle with Democratic rival Andrew Duck, who finished with about 37 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results.

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With some counties not posting complete results by Wednesday evening, Dougherty had 23,746 votes to Duck's 19,794.

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

He easily outdistanced four other candidates in the Republican primary.

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

Three other Democratic candidates were well behind them.

Duck ran against Bartlett in 2006.

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 in Washington County.

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.

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