New votes loosen GOP grip on 2 Senate seats
Republicans' faint hopes of holding on to two Senate seats in prime GOP territory faded even more today as new votes were counted.
The Frederick News Post-reported that Democrat Ron Young widened his lead over Republican Alex Mooney by more than 200 votes as most of the absentee ballots in Frederick County were counted.
The tally now stands at 22,090 to Young to 21,223 for Mooney, an 867-vote Democratic advantage. Frederick County makes up most of the district, along with a handful of precincts in Washington County.
On the Lower Eastern Shore, new vote counting has increased Democrat Jim Mathias' lead over Republican Michael James by 25 votes to 247.
If the Democrats hold on in these races, they will gain two seats in the Senate for a lopsided 35-12 split.