11/10/2008 7:37 AM ET
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBOC/AP)- Election officials plan Monday to review some 4,800 provisional ballots in the close race in Maryland's 1st Congressional District, but the ballots are not expected to affect the outcome.
The Associated Press declared Democrat Frank Kratovil the winner after absentee ballots counted last week gave him an edge of more than 2,000 votes over Republican Andy Harris.
With the first of two rounds of absentee ballots counted, Kratovil had 49 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Harris and 2 percent for Libertarian Richard Davis.
Kratovil released a statement saying he is honored, but he wants to wait until every vote is counted before he celebrates. A spokesman for the Harris campaign told WBOC that no concessions or comments would be made until Monday's ballot counting is over.
The seat was held for 18 years by Republicans.