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Maryland's 4th congressional district special election of 2008 took place on June 17, 2008 to fill the seat in the United States House of Representatives left vacant by the resignation of Maryland congressman Albert Wynn. Democrat Donna Edwards won the election by a large margin.



Maryland's 4th congressional district seat was vacant after Congressman Albert Wynn resigned on May 31, 2008.[1] Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced that a special election would be held on June 17, 2008 to fill the seat for the remainder of the 110th Congress.[2] In order to save time and money, O'Malley signed legislation to allow the Democratic and Republican parties to choose candidates by committee instead of holding primaries. As expected, both parties chose the November general election nominees (who had already been nominated in primaries for that election) as their respective June special election candidates so that either winner would be positioned to run as the party incumbent in November.

Election officials estimated the cost for holding the special election ranged from $1.05 to $1.25 million, which was borne by the taxpayers of the 4th District.[3]


  • Donna Edwards (D) - Lawyer, Democratic nominee for the June 17 special general election, and for the November general election. Defeated Wynn in the primary for the November race.[4]
  • Peter James (R) - Public Advocate, Republican general election nominee.[4]
  • Thibeaux Lincecum (L)

Former candidates

  • Jason Jennings (D) - Utility consultant, challenged Wynn and Edwards in the general election primary.[5] Lobbied the Maryland Democratic leadership for the special election nomination.


Democrat Donna Edwards defeated Republican Peter James 80% to 18%, and she served the remaining months of Albert Wynn's final term. Edwards and James faced each other again on November 4, 2008 in the regular election contest for a full term, where she was also expected to win.[1]

Maryland's 4th congressional district special election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Donna Edwards 16,481 80.5
Republican Peter James 3,638 17.8
Libertarian Thibeaux Lincecum 216 1.1
Total votes 20,462 100%
Turnout 386,863 5.0

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External links


  1. ^ a b Teitelbaum, Michael (April 25, 2008). "Maryland's Edwards Gets Nod for House Special to Succeed Primary Rival". CQ Politics. "Donna Edwards... will be the Democratic nominee, and the almost certain winner..."  
  2. ^ "MARYLAND BRIEFING", The Washington Post, April 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Rosalind S. Helderman and James Hohmann (2008-06-17). "Edwards Wins Congressional Seat". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  
  4. ^ a b "MARYLAND BRIEFING", The Washington Post, April 26, 2008.
  5. ^ "Edwards Not Only Dem Interested in District 4", The Washington Post, April 15, 2008.


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