Well, it took longer than expected, but finally, the results of the Talbot County Council election are in, and Democrat Keasha Haythe has come up from behind to push back Republicans David Montgomery and Wade Stickland for the final contested seat after almost two weeks of counting ballots.
The official Maryland Board of Elections website shows that Haythe finally came in with 7,814 votes versus Republicans David Montgomery at 7,741 and Wade Strickland with 7,676 votes. At the end of the tally, Talbot County’s Council will have three Republicans (Mielke, Callahan, and Stepp) and two Democrats (Lesher and Haythe) come January.
The close finish-line victory for Haythe stands in significant contrast to her close election loss in 2018 by only 169 votes. Nonetheless, the Council will remain with a Republican majority of three.