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U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. easily won re-election to a sixth term in the newly drawn 8th District.

The Democrat from Kensington led with 59 percent of the vote to Republican Kenneth Timmerman’s 38 percent as of 11 p.m.

Van Hollen, who has risen in the ranks of the national Democratic party, won dominantly in the vote-rich Montgomery County precincts of the 8th District by a 4-to-1 advantage, but Timmerman lead in the portions of the district in Carroll and Frederick counties.

“As I visited polling places today in Frederick, Carroll, and Montgomery counties, it was great to talk to voters and listen to their concerns,” Van Hollen said Tuesday night. “It is clear that there is far more that unites us as a community than divides us. There is much work to be done, and I look forward to working for all parts of the new district as we move America forward.”

Democrats in Annapolis had added Democratic heavy portions of the 8th District to the newly drawn 6th District while also adding more Republican areas of Frederick and Carroll counties to the 8th District. The new 8th had 51 percent Democrats, 30 percent Republicans and 19 percent nonaffiliated and third-party voters. Libertarian Mark Grannis of Chevy Chase received 2 percent of the vote and Green Party candidate George Gluck of Rockville received 1.5 percent.

Timmerman told supporters at a Republican Party event Tuesday evening that the ballot initiatives had helped his campaign.

“Stay tuned. This is not over yet,” Timmerman, of Kensington, told supporters.

cford@gazette.net