In Big Primary Upset, 11th District’s Costello Concedes to Newcomer Zac Blanchard

After a decade on the Baltimore City Council, where he galvanized power under a succession of mayors and held sway with the downtown business community, Councilman Eric T. Costello conceded today that he lost his 11th District re-election bid to political novice Zac Blanchard.

Following ballot counting that has had the city on tenterhooks since last week’s primary, Blanchard came away with a 43 vote lead.

Given the few remaining votes left to count, Costello realized he had no chance of winning the Democratic primary, whose victor is overwhelmingly favored to win the November general election.