Maryland Republican Congressional primaries decided following second day of mail ballot counting

Published on: July 23, 2022 at 10:30 am EDT

Updated on: July 23, 2022 at 10:31 am EDT

Election workers start to count mail-in ballots from Maryland's primary election.

Three Maryland Republican primary contests for congressional seats were decided late Friday.

Races in Maryland’s 2nd, 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts had been too close to call until after mail-in ballot canvassing started Thursday.

The challengers, who will all face well-known Democratic incumbents in Maryland’s U.S. House races, held their Election Day leads.

3rd Congressional District Republican candidate Yuripzy Morgan won her primary, earning 33% of the vote in a 5-person race, according to unofficial vote tallies on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. The lawyer and former political radio talk show host will face Democrat and eight-term U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes on the November ballot for the district that, following redistricting, now includes all of Howard County, Northern Anne Arundel County and a sliver of Carroll County.

Morgan said in an interview Wednesday that looking ahead to November she’s “going to approach this from a people perspective, not party.”

Nicolee Ambrose led the pack of Republicans vying to defeat U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat, to represent the 2nd Congressional District. Ambrose finished with 32.6% of the vote. Ruppersberger has served the district, which now covers Carroll County and sections of Baltimore County and Baltimore City, since 2003.

Ambrose, a small business owner, has been a FOX News Radio political analyst and law firm vice president, according to her campaign website.

Scott M. Collier took the 7th Congressional District’s Republican primary with about 36% of the vote. The victory was his first after a handful of attempts for state and federal seats. In 2020, Collier, along with field of hopefuls, lost to Republican State Sen. Johnny Ray Salling in the primary for the 2nd Congressional District. He also ran as an unaffiliated candidate and lost to Salling in 2014 and 2018 in bids to represent Baltimore County as a Maryland State Senator.

Collier will face U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, who amassed 85% of Democratic votes in a district that now includes Baltimore City and Baltimore County, tens of thousands ahead of his nearest competitor in the primary.

On Thursday, the Associated Press called the 4th Congressional District primary for Republican Jeff Warner, who earned 59% of the vote.

Warner, a minister, will challenge former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey, a Democrat, for a U.S. House seat in the fall. The 4th Congressional District, which includes most of Prince George’s County and a small piece of Montgomery county, is Maryland’s most Democratic-leaning, according to the Cook Political Report.

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