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Mathias takes another close race

(Nov. 14, 2014) In another customarily close race to the finish, incumbent Senator Jim Mathias once again edged out his opponent in District 38.

At of the latest unofficial tally from the Maryland State Board of Elections, Mathias received 19,742 votes, or 51.6 percent of the total. McDermott garnered 18,475, or 48.3 percent.

Election results will be certified Nov. 14. District 38 encompasses parts of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties.

Anthony Gutierrez of the Wicomico County Board of Elections said McDermott carried Wicomico County by about 20 votes. Earlier last week, the Mathias camp reported a net gain of seven in Somerset County. Trailing by nearly 1,200 votes from election night, it seemed unlikely McDermott would be able to make up such a large deficit in Mathias’ home county, Worcester, where he is most well-known.

Early last Friday, Mathias reported receiving a “concession text” from his opponent, and McDermott’s Worcester County District Aide Grant Helvey reported a concession letter had been sent. Copies of the letter have appeared on McDermott supporters’ websites, but copies from official channels have not been made available to Ocean City Today as of press time.

Mathias stated he wanted to thank all of his supporters for the opportunity to continue to advocate for them in the State Senate.

McDermott did not answer phone calls as of press time.

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