UPDATED: A few sitting circuit court judges in Carroll, Charles, Howard and Prince George’s counties face general election contests, while current judges in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties survived challenges, according the latest tallies.
Some mail-in and absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Here are the latest results from the State Board of Elections.
UPDATED: In Howard County, Judge John Kuchno was winning both primaries according to preliminary counts Wednesday morning. But as of Saturday, challenger Quincy Coleman has pulled ahead of Kuchno by 3,000 votes in the Democratic primary. On Wednesday, Coleman had been 1,200 votes behind.
In Carroll County, Judge Richard Titus easily won the Republican primary, but was edged out by Laura Morton in the Democratic primary.
In a bizarre element of the judicial selection process, judges appointed by the governor run in both the Democratic and Republican primaries in the next election and can face challenges by other attorneys. Unaffiliated and third-party voters do not get to vote in the primary for judges, but they can vote for judges in the general election.
In Charles County, Judge Patrick Devine handily won the Republican primary, but lost the Democratic primary to Makeba Gibbs.
In Prince George’s County, where there were five sitting judges on the ballot, Judge Wytonja Curry came in sixth to challenger Gladys Weatherspoon in the Republican primary, and Judge Byron Bereano came in sixth to Weatherspoon in the Democratic primary. So all five sitting judges plus Weatherspoon will be on the November ballot for which all registered voters can cast votes.
In Anne Arundel County, the four sitting judges won both primaries, surviving a challenge by former Republican State’s Attorney Wes Adams.
He was endorsed by a bipartisan group of current and formers officials, including Republican Gov. Larry Hogan who appointed him and Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh for whom he worked. Kuchno’s will be the only name on the ballot in the fall.
In Montgomery County, all four sitting judges won both primaries.
An interesting aspect of the results so far is that in the Democratic primary, women judges and women challengers were the top vote-getters.