Pugh, Van Hollen prevail in key local races

Stacy M. Brown | 4/29/2016, 8 a.m.
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Democratic State Senator Catherine Pugh defeated former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon in the race for mayor of Baltimore City in the primary elections on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. According to the latest results from the city’s Board of Elections, Pugh tallied 36.8 percent to Dixon’s 34.5 percent with 99 percent of the vote counted. Observers believe Pugh will easily triumph in November over Republican Alan Walden in the general elections. (Courtesy photo)

Meanwhile, in Anne Arundel County’s District 5, Circuit Court Justices Glenn Klavans, Stacy McCormack, Donald Schaeffer and Cathy Vitale, all of whom ran together, easily outpaced their closest competitors.

Klavans, however, was behind in the polls to Claudia Barber, who earned the fifth spot on November’s ballot.

Election night usually creates angst among voters and candidates alike and those who work at or near polling places. This election night proved no different.

According to a report from the American Bar Association Journal, a Tuesday hearing at a courthouse downtown took place over whether to extend the time that some polls would be open to voters. The hearing was moved to a nearby sidewalk and parking garage after a fire erupted in the courthouse basement and required the evacuation of the building.

However, Baltimore City Circuit Judge Althea Handy was not deterred and ruled from the bench at around 7:15 p.m. in the parking garage, that four of the polling places in question would be open an extra hour.

The emergency request was made by Edwards’ campaign, which contended that some polls had opened an hour late and lines were forcing voters to wait as long as 45 minutes to cast their ballots, the Journal reported.