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Election 2022: Maryland voters choose Hogan’s successor

ANAPOLIS, MD ( Associated Press) — Larry Hogan terms with Maryland Gov., the highly competitive competition to replace him. has attracted the attention of former President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and even Oprah Winfrey.

As voters select nominees in Tuesday’s statewide, legislative and congressional races, the decisive governor’s race takes top billing. Hogan, a rare two-term Republican governor in a Democratic-leaning state, has drawn praise from both sides of the aisle for his bipartisan approach and his willingness to challenge Trump.

His legacy on the line, Hogan has endorsed Kelly Schulz in the Republican gubernatorial primary., Schultz, who served as Labor and Commerce secretaries in Hogan’s administration, faced challenge from Trump-backed state legislator Dan Cox, who sued Hogan over his pandemic policies and subsequently failed to impeach him. demanded.

on the democratic side, Tom Perez, a former US Labor secretary and former chairman of the Democratic Party, has the support of Baltimore’s native daughter Pelosi, while bestselling author Wes Moore has the backing of Winfrey and US Representative Steny Hoyer, No. 2 House. Democrats. Other top candidates include Comptroller Peter Franchot, former Attorney General Doug Gensler and former US Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

Big-name support in the primary elections for governor of Maryland reflects the high stakes for both parties. Democrats see the competition nationwide as one of their best chances to topple the governor’s mansion in this year’s midterm elections.While Republicans want to strengthen the party’s hold on office.

The Republican primary provides a possible 2024 preview of the appeals of candidates in the mold of Hogan and Trump, who offer a competitive outlook for the party’s future.

Other top races in Tuesday’s election include contests for the US Senate, US House and attorney general. Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen faces primary challenge after two months of minor stroke, but is expected to win the nomination easily. The state’s eight-member congressional delegation has one open seat representing a district in the Washington suburbs. At the same time, the daughter of the former Attorney General of the state is vying for her father’s old job.

In the closest match it can take days, or even longer, to determine the winners. That’s because Maryland law prohibits counties from opening postal ballots until the Thursday after election day.

A total of 10 candidates are on the ballot for the Democratic nomination for governor. Perez is supported by labor unions across the state, while Moore, the former CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty organization, is supported by two top leaders of the state’s teachers union and the Maryland General Assembly, House Speaker Adrienne. Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson.

Francot, who has won four statewide races to be the state’s tax collector by a wide margin, brings significant name recognition to the primary. Gensler, a longtime prosecutor, is running as a moderate. King served in the cabinet of President Barack Obama.

Voter Laura Krechman, a 41-year-old high school teacher, said Moore’s endorsement by the Maryland State Education Association helped her decide to cast her vote for him. She said she is impressed by what Moore has achieved after rising above the challenges of childhood and being raised by a single mother.

Annapolis resident Krechman said, “I teach kids at a school that comes from difficult upbringing, so I’d probably like to see what he can bring to help those students who are struggling.” are challenging.”

While Moore has highlighted his credentials outside government, some voters said he preferred a longer resume of government service. For this reason, Curtis Fatig, a 67-year-old voter in Annapolis, settled on Perez, who also served as Maryland’s secretary of labor on Montgomery County Council and assistant attorney general for civil rights in Obama’s administration.

“He’s not a newcomer,” said Fatig, who also likes that Perez has the backing of the union.

In the Republican primary for governor, Hogan has stood firmly behind Schultz, whom he sees as the strongest candidate to go up against the Democrats in November. Democrats seem to agree with the Democratic National Committee plowing more than $1 million behind an ad aimed at promoting Cox in the Republican primary. This is a tactic he has used in other states in an attempt to face an easy opponent in the general election.

Hogan has criticized Cox for organizing a busload of Trump supporters to drive to Washington for a “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the January 6, 2021 uprising at the US Capitol. Cox has said that he did not go to the Capitol and left before the riots began.

In a later deleted tweet, Cox called then-Vice President Mike Pence a “traitor” after he refused to heed Trump’s demands not to certify the 2020 election. He apologized for this and condemned the attack on the Capitol.

Meanwhile, Trump has branded Schulz and Hogan as RINO, or Republican in Name Only, a term of derision reserved for party members who do not follow them.

“Shut down RINO, Larry Hogan, who is trying to get another RINO into office, Kelly Schultz,” Trump said in a statement late Monday.

Maryland’s only open congressional seat is in the Fourth Congressional District, a heavily Democratic Black-majority district in the suburbs of the nation’s capital. Current U.S. Representative Anthony Browne is giving up his safe seat to run for attorney general. Former Representative Donna Edwards, who previously held the seat, is running to get her job back and faces former county prosecutor Glenn Ivey in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

The Democratic primary for attorney general is Katie Curran O’Malley, the wife of former Governor Martin O’Malley, a former Baltimore judge and former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., and turns into a fight between the Browns. O’Malley’s lieutenant governor, who lost to Hogan in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Both are competing to replace Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh, who is retiring. Maryland has had no Republican Attorney General in nearly 70 years.

In other races, candidates are on the ballot for all 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.

The Maryland primary was delayed by the state’s Supreme Court by three weeks due to lawsuits challenging the state’s congressional and state legislative maps.


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