David Bustin was leading Priscilla Jenkins 1,138-1,044 in early results Tuesday night in the Democratic primary for Senate District 21.

The results showed nine of 11 precincts reporting.

Bustin, of Hallowell, and Jenkins, of Winthrop, were running for the chance to contest Sen. Earle McCormick, R-West Gardiner.

Bustin, 73, is on the State Board of Mediators, served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives in the 1970s and was the state’s personnel commissioner under Gov. Joseph Brennan.

Jenkins, 68, is a selectwoman in Winthrop and substitute teacher. She moved to Maine 12 years ago after a career as a computer programmer and analyst for multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Senate District 21 serves Gardiner, Winthrop, Manchester, Monmouth, Randolph, West Gardiner, Farmingdale, Litchfield, Pittston, Chelsea and Hallowell.

Jenkins led Bustin in her hometown of Winthrop, by 433 to 181, in Monmouth by 122 to 68 and in Pittston by 53 to 46, while Bustin collected more votes in the other municipalities.

In Farmingdale, 103 people voted for Bustin and 160 for Jenkins; in Gardiner, 268 for Bustin and 160 for Jenkins; in Hallowell, 246 for Bustin and 79 for Jenkins; in Litchfield, 58 for Bustin and 54 for Jenkins; in Randolph, 82 for Bustin and 55 for Jenkins; and in West Gardiner, 86 for Bustin and 48 for Jenkins.

McCormick ran unopposed in his party’s primary.


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