Dundalk-Edgemere preferred Gansler, Mizeur over Brown
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:23

Mohorovic clinches last Democratic nomination for House of Delegates

 by Bill Gates


    Maryland Democrats across the rest of the state may have overwhelmingly chosen Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown as their candidate for governor in Maryland, but that wasn’t the case in southeastern Baltimore County.
    Not only did Democratic primary voters in Dundalk-Edgemere and Essex chose Attorney General Douglas Gansler by a wide margin, but they also preferred the third candidate in the race, Del. Heather Mizeur, over Brown.
   

Gansler carried the 6th District with 5,272 votes, followed by Mizeur with 4,299 and Brown with 3,940.
    Statewide, Brown cruised to victory with 51 percent of the vote to Gansler’s 24 percent and Mizeur’s 22 percent.
    Brown received 242,841 votes, while Gansler had 114,892 and Mizeur, 102,277.
    Gansler defeated Brown by more than a two-to-one margin in Dundalk-
Edgemere, 1,811 to 785.
    Brown, who will face Republican Larry Hogan in the general election, won just one precinct in Dundalk: the Fleming Cemter, where the lieutenant governor had 160 votes to 26 for Mizeur and 21 for Gansler.
    In every other Dundalk-Edgemere precinct, Gansler consistently finished first, followed by Mizeur and Brown.
    Mizeur did edge Gansler at the Ateaze Senior Center, 84-76 and at Sandy Plains, 82-70, and tied Gansler with 94 votes in the Dundalk Middle School cafeteria polling place.
    Mizeur finished with 1,461 votes in the Dundalk-Edgemere precincts.
    The order was the same in the Essex-Rosedale precincts, where Gansler finished first with 994 votes, followed by Mizeur with 738 and Brown with 603.
    Brown did win Baltimore County overall, with 29,713 votes to Gansler’s 23,478 and Mizeur’s 22,828.
    In the race for the three Democratic nominations for the House of Delegates, former delegate Jake Mohorovic has now definitely secured the third and final nomination.
    Mohorovic’s lead over Ed Crizer was considered too close to call on election night last week, pending the counting of absentee and provisional ballots, but he picked up more votes in those counts, for an unofficial total of 2,869 to Crizer’s 2,751.
    Mohorovic, who served two terms in the House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002, joins incumbent Michael Weir Jr. and Nick D’Adamo as the Democratic nominees. The three will face Republican nominees Bob Long, Ric Metzgar and Robin Grammer (who won clear victories in their primary) in the general election this fall.
    Mohorovic had a 1,783 to 1,521 lead over Crizer in the Dundalk-Edgemere precincts, which was just enough to offset Crizer’s edge in Essex-Rosedale (610-509) and early voting (606-555).
    In absentee and provisional ballots, Mohorovic had 22 to Crizer’s 14.
    D’Adamo, who moved into the district after being a longtime city resident and member of the Baltimore City Council, was beaten only by Weir in the Dundalk-Edgemere precincts and Essex precincts.
    Two members of the “Our Team” ticket headlined by state Senate candidate John Olszewski Jr. and Del. Weir Jr. failed to advance.
    In addition to Crizer falling short, Eric Washington finished sixth overall.
    Washington’s name was right above Weir’s on the ballot, indicating that Weir supporters did not necessarily vote the straight “Our Team” ticket.
    Like Weir, Olszewski scored a clear win over his primary opponent, Russ Mirabile. He will face GOP nominee Johnny Ray Salling in the fall election.
    In the race for the Democratic nomination for the 7th District Baltimore County Council seat, Joe DiCara used his dominance in Essex to distance himself from the five-candidate field.
    DiCara, an Essex native, had 1,004 votes in the Essex precincts. No other candidate even broke 500 in Essex.
    With that kind of edge, DiCara — who will face Republican Todd Crandell in November — only had to poll respectable numbers in the Dundalk-Edgemere precincts — and he more than succeeded, finishing second overall to Buddy Staigerwald in the Dundalk-Edgemere area by a 1056 to 986 margin.
    Staigerwald’s advantage in Dundalk-Edgemere was not enough to offset his tally of only 296 votes in the Essex precincts.
    Brian Weir did much better in Essex, grabbing 494 votes to overtake Staigerwald for second place.
    Weir (1,794) and Staigerwald (1,710) both received over 1,700 votes. Several observers believed the two candidates appealed to the same voters, and if one had not run, the majority of his votes would likely have gone to the other.
    Ron Yeatman, who was endorsed by retiring incumbent John Olszewski Sr., polled fewer than 1,000 votes and did well in only two precincts: Chesapeake Terrace, where he received 102 votes, and Edgemere Elementary, with 101 votes.
    Otherwise, he finished fifth in most other precincts (fourth in a few), and received votes in single digits in several of the Essex precincts.
    Turnout-wise, the performance of precincts in the 6th District was ... well, it could have been better.
    The highest turnout was at Chesapeake Terrace (23 percent) and Edgemere Elementary (21 percent).
    The rest of the Dundalk-Edgemere precincts averaged 16.6 percent turnout, ranging from 14 percent at the Dundalk Church of the Brethren and 19 percent at Logan Elementary.
    In the district as a whole, Sandalwood Elementary had an eight percent turnout (it was 49 percent in the 2012 election) and Chesapeake High had a 20 percent turnout.
    Sandalwood also has the largest number of registered voters in the district at 3,063.
    Overall, Baltimore County turnout averaged 25 percent.