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Election 2022

Maryland Matters primary election contest: We have a winner!

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Now that the recounts are done, six weeks after Maryland’s primaries, we are finally able to declare a winner in Maryland Matters’ primary election contest.

Congratulations to Noah Habenstreit, the campaign manager for Heather Mizeur’s congressional bid!

We asked our readers to predict the outcome of 11 races around the state, and we used two others as tie-breakers.

But Habenstreit did not need any tie-breakers. He won by answering 10 2/3 of the questions correctly — falling short of a perfect score by predicting only two of the three winners in the District 23 Democratic primary for House of Delegates (the third candidate he named finished just 16 votes out of the running). Just for the record, Habenstreit’s precision extended to the tie-breakers — where he picked, to the correct percentage, the Democratic primary vote of Mizeur’s rival, Dave Harden. Looks like Mizeur has a pretty good numbers guy in her shop.

Informed of his victory, Habenstreit said it was satisfying to hear after a string of “middling March Madness results.”

Habenstreit joins our previous election contest winners in the Maryland Matters Hall of Fame — Leonard Lucchi, Del. Vaughn Stewart (D-Montgomery), and Ron Nordling.

Jasper Lester finished second in this contest, and Spencer Jones placed third.

Thanks to the 60 or so readers who entered. Better luck next time! We’ll be back with another one for the general election!