Dixon swore off endorsements from other county elected officials, declaring them “inappropriate.”
As expected, she performed well in precincts in the eastern section of the county and the Route 29 corridor, where Paint Branch is located and where she became a well-known community leader. But she also outperformed the rest of the field in Germantown, Clarksburg, Gaithersburg and in other outlying areas of Silver Spring.
She also held her own in Olney, where Kauffman is from and where he won the area’s 12 major precincts by a combined total of a little more than 200 votes.
Meanwhile, Johnson was done in by many fourth- and even fifth-place finishes in Olney, Gaithersburg and Germantown precincts. At Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, a precinct emblematic of Dixon’s success and Johnson’s struggles, Dixon won 246 votes and Kauffman won 129. Johnson finished fifth with just 80 votes.
Johnson performed better in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Takoma Park, where he lives. He finished first with 549 votes at Takoma Park Middle School, with Dixon finishing second with 146 votes and Kauffman with just 68 votes. But it wasn’t nearly enough to get one of the top two spots...