- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2000

House incumbents from Maryland and Virginia retained their seats yesterday, and Republicans gained the edge in Virginia's congressional delegation by sweeping three open seats.

Going into the election, Virginia's congressional delegation included five Republicans, five Democrats and one independent former Democrat Virgil H. Goode Jr. Republicans will now have a 6-4 advantage and Mr. Goode, who caucuses with them.

In the 5th District, Mr. Goode, who left the Democratic Party in January, defeated Democrat John W. Boyd Jr., a farmer and civil rights activist, and independent Joseph S. Spence.

According to unofficial results last night, Mr. Goode had 67 percent to Mr. Boyd's 31 percent and Mr. Spence's 2 percent, with most precincts reporting.

Northern Virginia voters also sent back three incumbents to the House.

In the 11th District, Rep. Thomas M. Davis III beat Democrat M.L. "Mike" Corrigan, a telecommunications consultant, Libertarian candidate Robert K. McBride and perennial candidate C.W. "Levi" Levy. Mr. Davis had 62 percent to Mr. Corrigan's 35 percent, with most votes counted. Mr. McBride and Mr. Levy both received 2 percent.

In a rematch, Rep. James P. Moran, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Demaris H. Miller, 63 percent to 35 percent in early returns, in the heavily Democratic 8th District. Mr. Moran handily beat Mrs. Miller two years ago. Libertarian Ronald V. Crickenberger and independent Richard Lee "Rick" Herron each had 1 percent.

"I'm gratified that two out of three voters chose to continue having me as their representative," Mr. Moran said last night. "I'm very proud of that."

Mr. Moran outraised Mrs. Miller by almost 4-to-1. In the campaign's final days, he agreed to pay back what appeared to be an improper loan from Terry Lierman, a health care lobbyist and longtime friend who was running for the House from Maryland's 8th District.

"I would like to have done better, but I'm very pleased with what we've accomplished," Mrs. Miller said after last night's defeat. "The people of the 8th District just deserve better representation, and I'm anxious to see [Mr. Moran] taken out."

Rep. Frank R. Wolf had no Democratic opponent in the 10th District but faced challenges from Libertarian candidate Brian M. Brown and another independent, Marc A. Rossi. Early results showed Mr. Wolf with 84 percent, Mr. Brown with 10 percent and Mr. Rossi with 6 percent.

Across the river in Maryland, Republican incumbent Constance A. Morella beat back a strong challenge by Mr. Lierman for the 8th District encompassing most of Montgomery County. Mrs. Morella had 52 percent to Mr. Lierman's 46 percent with most precincts reporting the narrowest margin of victory ever for the popular Republican. Constitution Party candidate Brian Saunders, a conservative, had 2 percent.

Although unofficial results showed the race still close with some precincts not yet in, Mrs. Morella's campaign manager claimed victory last night. "We won," said Patrick J. Hogan, who also is a state senator.

During his campaign, Mr. Lierman did not use direct attacks to make inroads against Mrs. Morella a seven-term incumbent who earns higher scores from most liberal groups than conservative ones. Instead, the health care entrepreneur and lobbyist used his own millions to try to persuade voters that Mrs. Morella, simply by being a Republican, had helped conservatives thwart liberal priorities.

Mr. Lierman declined to comment last night on whether he will seek the Democratic nomination again in two years. "Let's get through tonight," he said.

In a runaway, incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn defeated Republican challenger John Kimble, 85 percent to 15 percent, in the 4th District race the state's most bitter contest.

"People have been wonderful in continuing to support me despite the outrageous things that have been said. We've got a lot of unfinished business and look forward to working in the next Congress," Mr. Wynn said last night.

Mr. Kimble, in his third attempt to unseat the Democrat, didn't pull any punches in his fight for the House this time around. He generated speculation about Mr. Wynn's personal life by recruiting the Democrat's third and soon-to-be-ex-wife to be his campaign manager and posting her complaints of mistreatment and desertion on the Internet and in automated phone calls to targeted voters.

In Virginia's southern races, two-term state Sen. Edward L. "Ed" Schrock, a Republican, won the 2nd District with 52 percent of the vote to Democrat and first-time candidate Jody M. Wagner's 48 percent, in a contest that became the House battle to watch.

The seat was vacated by Rep. Owen B. Pickett, a Democrat who is retiring after 14 years. The district, incorporating Virginia Beach and part of Norfolk, was known as something of an oddity for retaining Mr. Pickett despite a Republican resurgence in the area and state.

The last time a Republican held that district was in 1986, when Rep. G.W. Whitehurst stepped down after an 18-year career and Democrats controlled the Statehouse and governor's mansion.

Ms. Wagner attacked Mr. Schrock's conservative voting record and said he violated state ethics rules by raising money for his House bid during the General Assembly session this year. But Mr. Schrock maintained he had done nothing illegal because the rule only applies to state races. He told voters that Ms. Wagner's attacks amounted to "character assassination."

In the 1st District, which stretches from Fredericksburg to Newport News, two-term state Delegate Jo Ann S. Davis, a Republican, beat former Fredericksburg Mayor Lawrence A. Davies, a Democrat, 58 percent to 37 percent. Nine-term Republican Herbert H. Bateman had planned to retire from the seat, but died in September. Independent challenger Sharon Wood captured 4 percent, while independent Josh Billings won 2 percent.

Late yesterday in Stafford, Mr. Davies' campaign was upset about sample ballots that were distributed at county polling places by the county Republican Party. But the county sheriff said there is no law against distributing colored sample ballots.

In the 7th District, a seat that 20-year incumbent Thomas J. Bliley Jr. is vacating, state Delegate Eric I. Cantor, a Republican, won with 67 percent of the vote, and his Democratic challenger and former Goochland County schools Superintendent Warren A. Stewart got 33 percent. Mr. Cantor was Mr. Bliley's hand-picked successor.

Incumbent Democrats Robert C. Scott in the 3rd District and Norman Sisisky in the 4th returned after receiving 97 percent and more than 99 percent of the vote, respectively. Republican incumbent Robert W. Goodlatte, running unopposed in the 6th District, got more than 99 percent.

Rick Boucher, the Democratic incumbent in the 9th District, beat Michael D. Osborne, an underfunded Republican. Mr. Boucher had 69 percent of the vote, while Mr. Osborne got 31 percent.

In Maryland's 8th District, Mrs. Morella's centrist to liberal stances and voting record have earned her more than 60 percent of the vote in seven elections and made it difficult for Democrats to challenge her in the district, even though 51 percent of voters there are registered Democrats.

Mrs. Morella told voters she backs a "common-sense approach" to regulating firearms ownership. She also said she favored phasing out the five-day waiting period in states that agree to replace the delay with instant background checks.

Calling himself a social progressive and fiscal conservative, Mr. Lierman said he wanted to see Congress commit more funding to mass transit in the Washington region, including the expansion of light rail, Metrorail and bus service.

On gun control, Mr. Lierman supported a ban on the sale of new handguns and licensing and registration of existing ones.

In other Maryland races, incumbent Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat who represents part of Prince George's County and most of Southern Maryland, defeated respected state Delegate Thomas E. Hutchins. Early numbers showed Mr. Hoyer with 63 percent to Mr. Hutchins' 37 percent.

Republican officials had hoped that Mr. Hutchins' credentials as a retired commander of the state police training academy and Vietnam veteran would help in a district that has become more Re-

publican and tied to military interests than it was when Mr. Hoyer was first elected from Prince George's in 1981.

Baltimore-area Democrats Benjamin L. Cardin and Elijah E. Cummings who each represent parts of the city and its western suburbs beat the Republicans they dispatched handily in 1998, with 76 percent and 89 percent, respectively.

And suburban Baltimore Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. viewed as the GOP's best hope for governor in 2002 defeated Democrat Kenneth Bosley, a foe of large-scale development, again to win a fifth term. Mr. Ehrlich had 69 percent to Mr. Bosley's 31 percent in early returns.

Vietnam veteran and "green" Republican Wayne T. Gilchrest, who represents parts of Anne Arundel County, a sliver of south Baltimore and all of the Eastern Shore, defeated Democratic challenger K. Bennett Bozman, 65 percent to 35 percent. Mr. Bozman is a retired pharmacist who during his campaign tried to make hay out of the health care issue.

Mr. Gilchrest did not attend any victory parties. He was in New Jersey last night because of the death of his mother Sunday.

To the west and the right on Maryland's political spectrum, unabashed conservative U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett retained his 6th District seat with 61 percent of the vote to Democratic congressional aide Donald DeArmon's 39 percent.

Both candidates live in Frederick County the center of the district which stretches from suburban fringes of the district and Baltimore to the western end of Maryland.

Maryland has had four Republicans and four Democrats in the U.S. House since 1992.

• David Abrams, Stephen Dinan, Daniel F. Drummond, Margie Hyslop and Arlo Wagner contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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