BULLETIN: Cecil Co. Exec Race Tightens, Moore Ahead but Barely
( 9.40 pm) In the historic Cecil County election for the first County Executive, Republican Tari Moore was just a handful of votes ahead of her Democratic rival, Pam Howard, with 5 of 19 precincts reporting.
Republicans Robert Hodge and Alan McCarthy were still leading in two County Council races, as they were when the first early voting tallies were counted earlier in the evening.
Moore, currently serving as a County Commissioner from District 2, was slightly ahead with 6,056 votes or 49.79 percent. Howard, the former three-term county Treasurer, was neck and neck, with 6,036 votes or 49.96 percent.
In District 1, Republican Alan McCarthy held a solid lead, with 6,817 votes or 57.44 percent of the counted votes, over his Democratic rival Pamela Bailey, who received 5,026 votes or 42.35 percent of the tally so far.
In District 5, Robert Hodge, currently a Republican county Commissioner, was ahead with 6,093 votes or 50.93 percent of vote counted so far. His Democratic rival, James Crouse, the former mayor of Elkton, drew 5,850 votes or 48.9 percent.
The returns counted thus far are still a small proportion of total votes cast and the races could still shift as the count proceeds.