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Romney Wins Maryland Primary

Incumbents Cummings, Harris, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes also lock up primary wins.

UPDATED (11:15 p.m.)— Mitt Romney has won the Maryland Republican presidential primary, according to multiple news outlets.

At 11 p.m., Romney leads Rick Santorum 91,402 (48 percent) to 57,299 (30 percent) with 1,281 of 1,851 precincts reporting.

"I voted for Romney, he's the lesser of the evils," said Lisa Watts of Darnestown, MD.

Chuck Duvall also of Darnestown, said he voted for Ron Paul, but expected Romney to win the Maryland primary. Both he and his wife, Ruth, said they planned to support Romney against Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama even though he wasn't their primary selection.

A Romney win in Maryland was not unexpected. CNN declared Romney the winner at 8 p.m. when polls in Maryland and Washington closed.

“Maryland’s role is to ratify the decision the Republican leadership has already made around the country,” said Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus of political science at Johns Hopkins University. “The endorsements are all lining up behind Romney”

There are 37 delegates up for grabs in Maryland apportioned by congressional district. The winner of each district earns three delegates who are committed to that respective candidate. The balance goes to the candidate who wins the state.

Entering tonight, Romney was nearly half way to the 1,211 delegates needed to secure his party’s nomination. Santorum had less than 300 total delegates.

At 11 p.m., Romney leads all Republican candidates in every congressional district, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. He also was ahead in 22 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions except rural Garrett and Somerset Counties where Santorum holds leads.

Obama is running unopposed in Maryland and has nearly 87 percent of the vote in the Democratic Primary.

Congressional District 1 candidates John LaFerla and Wendy Rosen—of Kent and Baltimore Counties, respectively—will likely have to wait until absentee ballots are counted to determine a winner. 

Less than 100 votes separate the two in the race to challenge incumbent Republican Andy Harris. With 42,648 votes counted just before 11 p.m., Harris received more votes than any other candidate on Tuesday's ballot. 

In the Democratic race, Rosen has a narrow lead of 10,391 votes to LaFerla's 10,257. Kim Letke scored 3,323 votes. 

State Sen. Nancy Jacobs declared victory in the 2 nd Congressional District Republican primary around 10 p.m. The Harford County Republican beat out five other candidates.

Jacobs said if elected, her primary goals in Congress would be to work to repeal "Obamacare" and push for a balanced budget amendment.
"It's time to ditch Dutch (Ruppersberger)," Jacobs said. "We know there are a lot more Democrats than Republicans in the district, but we know that we have a lot of crossover support. There were plenty of people who came up to our workers and told us 'we're Democrats that can't vote for you in the primary, but come the general election, you will have our support."

Around 10:48 p.m. Jacobs had 60.9 percent of the vote with 8,525 votes in the primary for Republican candidacy in the second state congressional district race.

Trailing Jacobs with 3,212 votes, 22.9 percent of the vote, was Del. Rick Impallaria, who represents Baltimore and Harford Counties.. Larry Smith had 1,526 votes making up 10.9 percent of the votes, according to unofficial state board of elections results.

Howard H. Norton, Ray Bly and Vlad Degan had 291, 246 and 205 votes respectively.

Ruppersberger received 17,547 votes.

Incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes has a dominating lead over democratic challenger David H. Lockwood in the Democratic 3rd District congressional race—the candidates have 19,094 and 2,832 votes respectively.

On the Republican side of the race, Eric Delano Knowles (3,884 votes) continues to lead and Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris ( 3,386 votes) trails close behind. Other contenders in the Republican race for the Third District are Armand F. Girard who currently has 2,648 votes and Draper S. Phelps who trails the pack with 1,595 votes.

Rep. Elijah Cummings has a large lead in the Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District with 94.5 percent of the vote. Charles U. Smith and Ty Glen Busch are both running against Cummings.

Frank C. Mirabile leads with 71.4 percent of the votes in the 7th Distirict Republican primary. He is running against M. Justin Kinsey.

The district encompasses a large portion of Baltimore City, western Baltimore County and parts of Howard County.  

In the , Ken Timmerman leads a field of four with almost 46 percent of the votes and Dave Wallace has captured around 36 percent of the votes.

Reporters Adam Bednar, Greg Cohen, Nick DiMarco, Kirsten Dize, Nick Gestido,  Ryan McDermott, and Ron Snyder contributed to this story.

Buck Harmon April 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Bottom line....Republicans don't have the ability to put a candidate against Obama that will beat him.. If the goal is to remove him from office they are sorely missing the mark this go round. Hundreds of millions of dollars that could do some good in the world will be pissed away for nothing good. Obama care will fail miserably because there are not enough general practice doctors to fill the need.... med. students are focused on the big bucks that being a "specialist" bring. No incentive for them to change at this point... And then there's the very real question about the Constitutionality of attempting to force those who might choose not to participate in a gov. run healthcare program. The government's track record of attempting to run programs gets failing grades at every intersect, how on earth could they run something this massive effectively ? So as it stands... Obama will get another 4 years because the Republicans can't seem to get their collective heads out of their rear ends with some positive direction for our country.... we will continue being screwed by both parties equally. I think that a very serious revolution is needed at this point in history, our country has never been in this bad shape before..
Zoobie April 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Seems like a lot of division here, judging by the comments. Don'tcha know that it's a Democratic tactic to divide and conquer? I'm not for Romney, but, if he wins the Republican Nomination, he deserves the full support of the party. But, there's still half of the race to go, and I might seem out of tune, but I'm still holding a lot of Hope that the remaining Primaries will pull Dr. Ron Paul ahead for the win. Call me a dreamer if you will, but I sincerely believe he has a chance, and in my opinion, he CAN win against Obama. I don't believe we're going to let a Socialist stay in office to sell this country to a system that has failed in every country where it was tried. True Patriots will support Ron Paul for President in the most critical election i recent history.
Buck Harmon April 04, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I agree ...I support Ron Paul as well.... realist though. Paul would be the best thing that could happen for our Country. The only Republican that would beat Obama hands down would be Donald Trump... but at this point he's not in the race... I'd still vote for Ron Paul though..
Paul Amirault April 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Buck, are you kidding me, please tell me you don't really think Trump as a serious candidate. Please tell me you were kidding, otherwise please go directly to the Birther Farm.
Dadof2 April 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
LOL... this comment string seriously has me ROFLMAO. Mittens? Dr. Ron Paul? Trump? LOL... maybe we can get a Trump/Palin ticket. Heh heh heh... so funny. I'm an Obama supporter. I'll be the first to admit that he hasn't met all of my expectations. But, I think he's done well, and I don't think anyone would be a "perfect" candidate. Yeah, another 4 for Obama. Gladly. But, really, thanks... I enjoyed the laughs from you guys. Trump or Dr. Ron Paul for POTUS? Too funny.
Buck Harmon April 04, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Obama doesn't need your support....the fix is in... 4 more years,,same'ol..same'ol. Fun stuff to ponder, glad you got a laugh!
Buck Harmon April 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I'm kidding Paul....but if you really think about it, the fact that he would run would wake up a huge portion of the apathetic couch potato public. More people would vote than have ever voted and his chances of winning would be great! I'm still lookin for that original birth certificate though...how did you know that i live on a farm?
Tim April 04, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Obama's been great every since the debt crisis resolution. He successfully flushed out the 'Republicans' of today for what they are. Greedy, religious spouting yet insensitive warmongers - the reason this country is hated abroad. They are out for the top 1% and continue with failed trickle down economics and the continued screwing of the middle class. Meanwhile, Obama's measures are slowly but consistently taking this economy OUT of the recession. The numbers don't lie, and we'll see more evidence Friday. The actual early debates were actually valuable because certain candidates now gone actually proposed REAL conservative concepts without excessively favoring the top 1% and Wall Street. Obama, meanwhile, was positively awful early this term by my own view. He really turned the corner in my view with the debt debate, and his solutions for it. Solutions Republicans in a different generation would have EMBRACED. Part of me loves Republicans in the House because Obama has become a better president for it. He's actually center-left now. However, the House Repubs are so completely unforgiving, that it just isn't going to work. There's a reason Congress' approval rating is constantly below 20%. I fear for what a Democratically controlled Congress would do with this country, but not nearly as much as the screwing we'd all get if Republicans circa 2010 ran the country.
Tim April 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Jim: That's because anyone with an impartial brain understands you spend your way out of recessions. Over and over again, that's how it's done throughout our history. Sure, you cut deficits afterwards. Republicans mindset is to cut off the wounded arm instead of trying to save it with medicine. It's barabaric, and harkens back to centuries past. You people really think austerity measures work? Look and see how Europe's doing. Angela Merkel - in charge of essentially saving the Eurozone through no fault of her own, is completely over her head. Europe's austerity measures are doing as much to harm this country's own recovery then anything Obama's done. Take a look around.
Tim April 04, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Please, this country was way worse off in the 1930's. I personally think good Republican candidates stayed away because they knew what they would be up against - irrationally radical conservative base, a bad situation to begin with. I will still hold, until the bitter end, that Jon Huntsman was the best shot Republicans ever had at beating Obama. His party ate him alive. It was pathetic. Democrats I knew were BEGGING him to take his actual conservative principles to the Democratic party. Huntsman literally fixed Utah - my brother lives out there and he's a Democrat/Independent who swears by him. He did so with true bi-partisan support. Both parties are awful right now. I recognize all to well that Obama with a full majority in Congress will be ALMOST as terrible as one with Repubs of today. Like you, I just don't see a great future for the management of our country. Too much corruption, too much blind hatred of others. it's tragic.
Tim April 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Where's Corey with some fracking jokes. Come on Corey, don't make me pick up your slack here :)
helpussomeone April 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Just think, 4 more years of Odumbo, and then they'll get behind "never heard of a tax I didn't like Owe'Malley". We're screwed!
John Doe April 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Sorry, Tim. My lawnmower ran out of gas so I was fracking in my backyard to fill it up.
John Doe April 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Reagan raised taxes, helpussomeone.
Tim April 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Glad you weren't smoking at the time! Talk about dangeous habits.
Paul Amirault April 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It just is ironic how people call the President names like "Odumbo" but these same people never have any facts to talk about what they don't like about his policies and the results of those policies? Is it just simple hatred?
Michael April 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Tim, you are only partially right. You do spend your way out of a recession. But not by giving the money to businesses that don't redstribute it down to the population by creating jobs. Also, you don't spend on projects that violate the Constitution (Obamacare).
Steve Hepburn April 05, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Tim what's your economic background.. because your claims are so off based in the science of economics, I'm struggling with wether or ot I feel bad for you and your blatant ignorance, or being angry that you would so passionatly and ardently stand by a position that has ben proven so througholy incorect
Paul Amirault April 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
All is fair in love and war, Steve. If you ask for Tim's you must share too!
Steve Hepburn April 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Is this a serious comment? 5.3 trillion more added to the debt in 3 years.. NOT ONE BUDGET FOR OVER 3 YEARS HIS LAST BUDGET NOT 1 VOTE DEMOCRAT OR REP. - STOPPING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE- Continuing to attack oil companies and domestic drilling, then going to venesula and telling them we want to be there biggest customer! (when campaigning he talked about reducing our dependence on foreign oil) -Telling Russia to wait til he gets re-elected before expecting us to release information on our defense Missile program, because he will have more flexibility. (NATIONAL SECUTIRY MUST BE TOP PRIORITY) -TRYING TO SOCIALIZE HEALTHCARE!! Socialized healthcare is terrible ask the CANADIANS WHO JUST HIRED CONSERVATIVE LEGISLATURE TO GET RID OF THEIR SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE
Paul Amirault April 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
We have found Steve. Do you read history Steve? Apparently not. You have exposed yourself. Tea Party Man Steve, a moron.
Paul Amirault April 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
What's your educational background Steve?
Tim April 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Wait, you are claiming I'm ignorant, after your commentary at 5:00pm? Seriously? I'm not an economist, but I'm a student of history and listen to various economists commentary - via public and satellite radio, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, etc etc. I read both conservative and liberal economists views in order to develop my own beliefs. Trickle down economics is a failed endeavor. The day the economy gets better is the day the middle class begins having money to spend - and the confidence to do so. Businesses don't create jobs - customers/demand create them. This is common sense for many folks, just not Republicans today.
Paul Amirault April 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Ahh, Steve joined the Patch today.
Tim April 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Steve: Obama has produced budgets the last two years. They've been shot down by the Teapublicans. Additionally, he initiated Simpson-Bowles, a bi-partisan effort to come up with a budget plan. It was just failed by the House just last week. The Keystone Pipeline is a joke. The 'jobs' created are both temporary and exaggerated from what I've read. Not only does it kill more of our nation's flagging countryside, you make it sound like we're keeping all the oil we produce. All oil production goes through the world market as far as I understand it. The only reason to honestly go through with this, is because if we don't, China will come in and finance it with Canada. It just won't run through our country too. Out of that 5.3 trillion in debt, a good 40 % of that is lolwar costs from a conflict Obama's still managed to get us out of. More goes to BTC's that should have ended in 2010. They were ill-conceived back in 2001. One of many things ill-conceived from our previous administration. Oh, and BTW, you know the 'individual mandate' was first proposed by Republicans twenty years ago, right? You knew that...right? The Heritage Foundation specifically. Why? Because Republicans back then, were actually conservatives instead of radical wingnuts. They hated the idea that people with insurance were forced to pay taxes to support those who couldn't afford healthcare. The individual mandate under The PPAHA would accomplish this.
Tim April 05, 2012 at 09:37 PM
One more note: I actually am not a fan of the PPAHA. Although I've warmed up to it a bit over time, I see it as hitting a nail with a sledgehammer. Overkill. Government should be regulating private insurance companies more effectively, rather then taking a more hands on role in the process. Private Insurance companies aren't looking out for you, they're looking out for profits only. That's a sh***y way to treat fellow humans when it comes to the issue of health.
Buck Harmon April 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Once again... even if forced healthcare participation came to be there would not be enough primary care doctors to fill the need.. not even remotely close... the majority of students currently in med school are studying specialized medicine. Preventative health care requires primary care doctors that don't get paid as much as specialist..fact. It would take a minimum of 10 years to begin to balance the need and thats only if students have some kind of incentive to make less money coming out of school..
Buck Harmon April 05, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It's really a bad plan right out of the gate. I will never participate..I barter for my family healthcare and that works perfect for me.
Tim April 06, 2012 at 04:25 PM
This is absolutely true Buck. The emphasis on specialized medicine is a big problem (from cost management) in our health care system from a cost management standpoint. Over the past twenty years the role of the primary care physician has been completely neutralized. It's basically a "doc in the box" these days. Specialists get about 25-40% more money, and private insurance companies get to charge 100 to who knows how much% more. Profit for everyone - except the policy holder.
Able Baker April 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
It's a little early for sour grapes already, isn't it?

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