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Trailing by 79 votes, Blair requests recount in Montgomery County executive primary

Marc Elrich, left, and David Blair.

Three days after the Montgomery County Board of Elections certified Marc Elrich the winner by 79 votes in the Democratic primary race for county executive, David Blair has requested a recount.

The Blair campaign called for a partial recount that would include provisional and absentee ballots and recounts in a few precincts.

Voter registration technical errors involving the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration affected an estimated 80,000 votes statewide in the June 26 primary. Those voters had to cast provisional votes.

With 129,339 votes counted in the six-candidate race, Blair received 37,450 (28.95 percent) and Elrich 37,529 (29.02 percent).

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“We have analyzed the election results by precinct, reviewed the treatment of thousands of provisional ballots, and spoken with hundreds of individual voters who experienced difficulties registering to vote or casting their ballots,” Blair said. “And while it is certainly unclear whether a recount will affect the outcome, we believe the narrow margin coupled with the numerous issues impacting the election make a recount appropriate.”

The Blair campaign said that 26.4 percent of the 3,616 ballots cast in the county executive primary were rejected.

“Our chief concern centers on the 955 provisional ballots that were rejected by the Board of Elections in the County Executive Race as these rejected ballots disproportionately impact our supporters,” Blair said.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face perennial candidate Robin Ficker who ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

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