He will face Democrat John Delaney in the November general election.
Sixth District Incumbent Congressman Roscoe Bartlett survived a challenge from seven other Republicans and won the Maryland GOP Primary on Tuesday. The Associated Press says Bartlett garnered 43% of the vote, followed by State Senator David Brinkley with 20%, Delegate Kathy Afzali with 10%, Joseph Krysztoforski with 8%, Brandon Rippeon with 7%, Robin Ficker with 7%, Robert Coblentz with 2% and Peter James with 2%.
"I'm humbled and honored that we've won as a vote of confidence from the constituents," Bartlett says. "Half of them are new, by the way. Almost half of the constituents are from Montgomery County."
On the Democratic side, businessman John Delaney won his party's primary with 54% of the vote. He defeated State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, who took in 29%, followed by Milad Pooran with 10%, Charles Bailey with 4% and Ron Little with 3%.
The 6th District was redrawn following the 2010 Census, bringing in parts of Montgomery County. Several Republicans challenged Bartlett for re-election. "I don't like contentious primaries. I don't like negative campaigning. I tried to stay away from that," he says. "I do not like to go negative. I think people are turned off by that." Bartlett hopes he and Delaney will stick to the issues in the campaign, and not resort to negative attacks.
In the 8th District, Incumbent Congressman Chris Van Hollen easily won the Democratic Primary, taking in 92% of the vote. His challenger, George English, received 8%. "I want to thank the voters for their support. You never should take any of these elections for granted, and I don't intend to," Van Hollen says. "I'm looking forward to meeting voters in the new parts of the District." The 8th District was also redrawn, taking in parts of eastern Frederick County.
Van Hollen faces Republican Ken Timmerman in the November General Election.
In the US Senate race, Incumbent Senator Ben Cardin easily won the Democratic Primary, taking 74% of the vote. He faced eight challengers in his own party. "I'm very gratified. We took our campaign to all parts of Maryland, and I'm very pleased with the response that we got."
Senator Cardin will face Daniel Bongino in the General Election. Bongino won 34% of the vote against nine other Republicans.
GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney took the Maryland Primary with 49% of the vote. Rick Santorum won 29% and Newt Gingrich won 11%.
In the Frederick County School Board race, it looks like one incumbent will go on to the General Election in November, and another won't. Katie Groth won 14.53% of the vote, which is the highest among all of the 12 candidates. She was followed by Tom Shade, who won 10.33%; Joy Schaefer with 9.54%; Zakir Bengali with 9.51%; Colleen Cusimano with 8.62%; and Emily Ann Meyer with 8.50%. Incumbent Donna Crook took in 7.96% of the vote.
Turnout was light in Tuesday's Primary. Frederick County Election Director Stuart Harvey says it 22.74%. "Now that does include, besides election day, that includes early voting. And early voting amounts to about 2% of that. So your turnout was a little over 20%," he says. In the 2008 Presidential Primary, Harvey says the turnout was 40%.
He says the voting process went smoothly, except for one little glitch in Wolfsville. "We lost power for a while, but the machines did exactly what they were supposed to do. They stayed on battery power, and then power came back on, and they were fine. We were able to vote all day up there."
Harvey says absentee ballots will be counted beginning on Thursday in the 1st floor meeting room in Winchester Hall. Provisional ballots will be counted on April 11th, and a second absentee canvas will take place on Friday, April 13th. That's the day the county will certify the votes for the state.