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Maryland House District 19

Democrats (top 3 advance):

*Ben Kramer 7,662

*Bonnie Cullison 5,834

*Marice I. Morales 4,595

Charlotte Crutchfield 4,196

Paul Bardack 3,435

**Melodye A. Berry 1,132

*denotes leaders

**was on the ballot, but withdrew from race

36 of 36 precincts reporting; results are unofficial

This story was updated at 2:08 p.m. June 25, 2014.

Political newcomer Maricé Morales appeared on her way to a win in the District 19 state delegate primary race, joining incumbents Benjamin F. Kramer and Bonnie Cullison.

According to unofficial results, Kramer, of Wheaton, received 28.53 percent, and Cullison, of Aspen Hill, received 21.72 percent. Morales was next, with 17.11 percent of the votes. They will appear on the ballot in the general election in November.

Morales serves as a special assistant to Sen. Roger Manno, who was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

Morales was waiting for final results with supporters and her family at Manno’s residence.

“We are feeling pretty good. We are very optimistic,” Morales said, declining to say more until all of the vote totals had come in.

Kramer is running for re-election for a third term. Cullison is seeking re-election for a second term.

Del. Sam Arora, the third delegate in District 19, did not run again.

There were five active Democratic candidates running for the three seats.

Charlotte Crutchfield received 15.63 percent of the vote. Paul Bardack was next with 12.79 percent.

Melodye A. Berry’s name also appeared on the ballot, but she dropped out of the race several weeks ago to support Crutchfield.

Republican delegate candidate Martha Schaerr was unopposed and moved on to the Nov. 4 election.

Manno will face Republican candidate Felix Ed Gonzalez II in the general election.

District 19 includes all or parts of Aspen Hill, Glenmont and Silver Spring.