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Candidate losing by 77 votes in Md. race, watches provisional ballot counting

Board of Elections staff and volunteers will continue counting ballots through Friday night.

The wait may soon be over to determine the winners of the Maryland primary elections.

On Thursday and Friday, thousands of provisional ballots are being counted at the Board of Elections in Montgomery County.

It comes after a computer glitch at MVA's website and kiosks last year failed to process voter registration information.

Many candidates, or representatives from their campaigns, were at the Board of Elections on Thursday, keeping tabs on the provisional ballot counting process.

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Cameron Rhode was one of the candidates who spent the day observing. On Primary Day, you may have see Rhode's name on the ballot running for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Commitee, the group that runs the county's democratic party.

It's one of the smallest races in the county.

"Almost on the bottom of the ballot, on the backside," said Rhode.

The 24-year-old with a Biotech Master's Degree campaigned hard leading up to and on election day.

"The polls were open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.," said Rhode. "I only went inside to go to the bathroom."

However, after Primary Day, Rhode was losing to his opponent by 77 votes.

That's why Rhode is spending his day at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, watching as staff and volunteers count the almost 4,000 provisional ballots.

So how does Rhode feel watching what could be a life changing process unfold before his eyes?

"I am actually not that nervous," said Rhode. "I guess part of me has come to terms with just facing the loss and being okay with that."

This was Rhode's first time on the ballot but he's always been active in politics. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2008.

"I have been doing this for 10 years and no matter what happens, I am not going to stop anytime soon," said Rhode.

Rhode said win or lose, he will continue to be involved and has a message for all young people looking to step into the political arena.

"Just do it."

Board of Elections staff and volunteers will continue counting ballots through Friday night. We could have unofficial results then. The final results will need to be certified. That is expected to happen on July 16.