Donna Edwards conceded defeat yesterday to Representative Albert Wynn in the race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s fourth Congressional seat. Edwards’ primary was September 12, and after numerous problems at voting stations in many precincts, official results are still yet to be posted. However, unofficial results have Edwards trailing by 2,725 votes, so she publicly announced her concession to Wynn, who has served six terms already in the contested seat.
According to the Washington Post, several counties experienced difficulties on Election Day; some precincts opened voting booths late because access cards to activate electronic voting machines were unavailable. Elsewhere, some of the data cards from the electronic machines were not recovered or counted for nine days. Earlier, Edwards had announced that she would pursue legal action because of these errors. Yesterday, however, she told Washington Post reporters, “My gut tells me the problems we experienced aren’t going to be cured in litigation,” and that she hopes that lawmakers and the Maryland Board of Elections will investigate the mishaps from September 12.
Edwards ran against Wynn as a more progressive and feminist Democrat, challenging her opponent’s vote for the Iraq war and policies that benefit big business.