(RANDALLSTOWN – July 10, 2018) – While the rest of the State of Maryland is focused on the General Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Johnny Olszewski and the Democrats of Baltimore County have to deal with the issue of state Senator Jim Brochin and his request to manually recount the votes.
According to Kenny Brown, publisher of the Northwest VOICE Newspaper, this could take 30 to 60 days.
However long it takes, it is valuable time that Baltimore County Democrats could instead be placing on the battle against Republican Al Redmer. Truth is, it has been 24 years since a Republican ran Baltimore County in the person of Roger B. Hayden (’90-’94) Prior to Hayden, Spiro T. Agnew was County Executive back in the 60s (’62-’66).
Initially, Redmer, who beat out Pat McDonough by about 3,500 votes, was trailing. However, when it was all said and done, Redmer won over the Trump Republican. In all, Redmer clocked 18.058 votes (55.49%) vs. McDonough’s 14,487 votes (44.51%).
On the other side of the aisle, Olszewski garned 25,851 votes (33.1%) of the votes. Once all of the absentee and provisional votes were finished being counted on Friday night, Olszewski had a 9-point lead.
While Olsxewski was in thired place during Early Voting, he surprised the field and went from last place to first. Honestly, many pundits counted Olszewski out of the race. Brochin was the favorite.
Now, instead of dedicating his time to going back and recruiting Almond and Brochin supporters, Olszewski has to still deal with the Brochin challenge. Numerically, the Democrats have the advantage in the November showdown. However, with Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, gearing up for the Fall Classics of Politics, the County Executive race is expected to be tighter than ever. Hogan currently enjoys a high approval rating statewide and this could sway voters for Redmer.
In short, time will tell!