With all the votes counted in this year’s general election, Republicans Don Dwyer Jr. and Ron George narrowly held on to victories yesterday in their House of Delegates races, winning by a combined margin of 81 votes.
While both candidates declared victory, the Democrats they knocked out – Joan Cadden and Barbara D. Samorajczyk – refused to concede and were considering their options, which could include requests for recounts.
There were no changes in the outcomes of other state and county races.
In District 30, Mr. George’s lead over Mrs. Samorajczyk shrunk from 66 to 53 votes. He has 21,811 votes while Mrs. Samorajczyk has 21,758.
Mr. George of Arnold trailed Mrs. Samorajczyk of Annapolis Roads in early returns, but gained the lead after the first absentee count.
The only one of three Republicans to win a District 30 House set, Mr. George said he expected the race to come down to the wire. He spent hours at the elections board annex in Glen Burnie, watching the thousands of absentees being counted one by one.
“I can shift gears now and focus on the assembly,” said Mr. George, an Annapolis jeweler who made his first run at political office.
He joins House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Annapolis, Del. Virginia Clagett, D-West River, and Sen. John C. Astle, D-Annapolis, in District 30.
good for mr george! he and his family are friends of our family; i’m excited for him.