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AP: Kratovil Winner Of 1st District Seat

  1st Congressional District Results


Democrat Frank Kratovil has defeated Republican Andy Harris to win a seat that has been held by the GOP for 18 years in Maryland's tight 1st District Congressional race.

Kai Jackson reports the announcement came from the Associated Press in Annapolis.

AP says Kratovil defeated Harris to win the 1st District Congressional seat.

Eyewitness News spoke to Kratovil after the announcement, but surprisingly, he didn't sound like he's warming up the car to head to D.C. just yet.

Kratovil said in a statement Friday evening, "I am honored and humbled by the support I've received in this election and am clearly encouraged by where the numbers stand and the subsequent Associated Press announcement. Right now my top priority is making sure that every vote is counted and every voice is heard, and there will be plenty of time for celebration afterwards. In the meantime, I'll continue to make the necessary preparations to ensure for a smooth and seamless transition once all of the votes are counted and the outcome is official."

Likewise, Andy Harris' campaign is just as reserved.

Harris' campaign manager Chris MeekinsĀ told Eyewitness News, "We don't feel it would be appropriate for us to concede at this point. Ten thousand ballots are still outstanding including military, provisional and absentee. We plan to wait to see the trends of those ballots before Andy makes an official statement to the press."

What can be interpreted from the two candidates' current stance is despite their political differences, at least for now, Andy Harris and Frank Kratovil agree on one thing. The Associated Press report aside, they don't feel there's a clear winner.

The AP is basing their decision on the latest trend which at this time favors Kratovil.

On Monday, election judges are expected to start counting provisional ballots.

Harris has also said he may hold a news conference on Monday.

(© 2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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