Buoyed by a major change in the 6th District’s political leanings, Democrat John Delaney rolled to a large win over incumbent Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett in Tuesday’s election.
More than half of Delaney’s votes came from Democrat-rich Montgomery County, thanks to last year’s redistricting.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting by Wednesday morning, Delaney had 59 percent of the vote and Bartlett had 38 percent, according to unofficial results for the five-county district.
Libertarian Nickolaus Mueller trailed with about 3 percent.
In an emailed statement, Bartlett wrote: “It has been my great honor to serve the constituents of the 6th district of Maryland for the past 20 years. Although the election did not have the outcome we had hoped for, we can hold our heads high knowing that we have fought for the principles and values we care about.”
He also congratulated Delaney on the victory and “a hard fought campaign.”
Previously, the district was 47 percent Republican and 36 percent Democrat and included parts or all of eight counties, including Washington.
Redistricting pushed more of Montgomery County into the district and removed Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties. The new enrollment breakdown, as of last month, was 44 percent Democrat and 33 percent Republican.
Bartlett was ahead of Delaney in Garrett and Allegany counties, but Delaney led in the district’s other three counties, including a 3-to-1 margin in Montgomery County.
Delaney, a financier, also had a large fundraising advantage during the campaign.
Delaney, 49, lives in Potomac, Md., about a block outside the redrawn 6th District.
Members of Congress are not required to live in the districts they represent.
Bartlett, 86, of Buckeystown, Md., was first elected in the 6th District in 1992.
By picking up the 6th District, Democrats would hold seven of Maryland’s eight seats in Congress. The seven other congressional incumbents — six Democrats and one Republican — appeared headed to victory on Tuesday.
Delaney and Mueller, 27, of Baltimore, were running for elected office for the first time.
Representatives in Congress serve two-year terms and are paid $174,000 a year.
U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District
Washington, Frederick, Allegany, Garrett and Montgomery counties (222 of 230 precincts reporting).
John Delaney, D — 164,264
Roscoe G. Bartlett, R (i) — 104,901
Nickolaus Mueller, L —8,891
Candidate with (i) next to his name is the incumbent.