Election Contest: We Have a Winner!

Two contestants stormed through our general election prediction contest, each getting 15 correct answers of the 23 initial questions that we asked. But after the first tie-breaker — predicting the voting percentages in the three-way race for Montgomery County executive — we are able to declare a victor.

Drumroll, please…The winner is Vaughn Stewart, an attorney who was just elected to the House of Delegates from District 19. He edged out Gene Ransom, executive director of Med Chi, the Maryland Medical Society.

Vaughn Stewart
Del.-elect Vaughn Stewart

This ends the winning streak for attorney and lobbyist Leonard N. Lucchi, the ultimate political junkie who won both our primary prediction contest in June and our trivia contest in the early spring. But we know he’ll be formidable when we do another trivia night next year.

Thanks to all who entered the contest!

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Josh Kurtz
Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.

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