Challenger Jessica Haire (R) conceded to incumbent Steuart Pittman (D) in the race for Anne Arundel County executive late Tuesday night.
"I just received a gracious phone call from Jessica Haire conceding the race for County Executive," Pittman said Tuesday night on Facebook. "I'm grateful to her for a hard run race, and for her dedicated service on our Council. I look forward to another four years making Anne Arundel the Best Place for All."
Pittman trailed Haire by almost 11,000 votesafter early voting and Election Day tallies. He mounted his comeback when officials started counting the mail-in ballots.
Pittman led Haire by 192 votes Wednesday at 9 a.m. Haire, the outgoing County Council member for District 7, expects that gap to grow.
Paper ballots are still being counted but experts say that since more Democrats than Republicans requested them that the vote would go Pittman's way. The Anne Arundel County Board of Elections has a Friday deadline to validate the election.