As the counting of mail-in ballots continues for a second day across Maryland, NBC News has become the first national outlet to declare Wes Moore as the “projected winner” in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
The NBC website was updated at 10:08 a.m. with the projection. Network analysts based their conclusion on 76% of the projected vote being in, but nearly 143,000 votes remaining to be counted. While Moore’s closest rival, former labor secretary and DNC head Tom Perez gained ground as the first batch of mail-in ballots were counted Thursday, Moore’s advantage remains sizable.
The Maryland State Board of Elections web site lists Moore leading Perez by 34.6% to 27.6%, with a 31,000 vote advantage.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Sun is reporting that it is “increasingly likely” that Ivan Bates will defeat incumbent Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. The first day’s tallies of mail-in ballots in Baltimore City showed that Bate’s lead grew to 10 percentage points, and Mosby lost ground.
Both Baltimore City and Baltimore County reported only partial results from the first segment of mail-in votes yesterday, and counting continues.