CNN projects Trump-backed Dan Cox will win GOP governor’s primary in Maryland

Cox won the GOP race to replace Republican term-limited Governor Larry Hogan. It is not yet clear which Democrat he will face; Author Wes Moore and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez were the main voters when the ballots were counted Tuesday night.

The primary was a proxy tussle between former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Cox, and Hogan, who endorsed his former Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz.

That Hogan won two terms in Maryland was a feat: Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state, two to one; the state has not endorsed a GOP presidential candidate since 1988. But Hogan is considered one of the most moderate figures in the GOP.

Cox stoked fears of voter fraud. He said in December 2020 on Facebook that Trump should seize the voting machines. He chartered three buses for Trump’s January 6, 2021 rally in Washington. And he tweeted amid the uprising, “Pence is a traitor.”

He also threatened to sue over the mail-in ballots.

Democrats think Cox is offering a much easier general election matchup than Schultz would have. The Democratic Governors Association has spent more than $1 million on TV ads highlighting Trump’s endorsement and Cox’s more conservative stances — a tactic intended to bolster Republican support for Cox but diminish his standing among voters. moderates ahead of the general elections in November.

These spots highlighted her opposition to gun restrictions and abortion rights and her endorsement of Trump. One calls Cox “too close to Trump, too conservative for Maryland.”

Schultz, at a press conference with Hogan last month, said Democrats were trying to “spend a million now and save $5 million by not having to face me in the general election.”

Cox’s victory came as election officials began what could be a week-long ballot counting process, with races to be decided that will test Democratic voters’ views on the party’s establishment and Republicans’ willingness to stick with what has been a winning formula for the GOP in the deep blue state.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. ET, and county officials were barred from processing the record number of mail-in ballots for a primary election until after in-person voting.

The marquee contest on Maryland’s primary ballots on Tuesday was the governor’s race. Hogan, who is among his party’s more moderate figures and has frequently criticized Trump, is barred from seeking re-election by term limits.

His departure turned the gubernatorial primaries — one taking place in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans twice, but where the GOP has held the governorship for 12 of the past 20 years — into a window into the great battles unfolding in both sides on the national stage.

Democrats saw an open showdown with 10 candidates – a field that included Perez, Moore-backed Oprah Winfrey, state comptroller Peter Franchot, former US education secretary John King and Doug Gansler, the former prosecutor Maryland general and unsuccessful 2014 gubernatorial candidate.

The gubernatorial primaries are the most watched contests on Tuesday’s slate in Maryland, where the election was pushed back three weeks due to a dispute over state legislative maps.

Election results could take days or even weeks to be finalized. According to the Maryland Board of Elections, more than 508,000 people applied for mail-in ballots, breaking previous records for primaries. Counties cannot begin counting those ballots until Thursday, and election officials say some counties may still be counting mail-in ballots during the first week of August.

Governor primaries

Multiple gubernatorial candidates would go down in history in a state that has only ever elected white men as chief executives.

Perez, the former DNC president, highlighted his national experience as well as his local roots. He is a former Montgomery County Councilman and served as Maryland’s Secretary of Labor before joining former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and later US Secretary of State for Civil Rights. Obama’s job.

A Perez ad used Obama’s previous comments about Perez, with the former president calling Perez “tireless” and a “smart villain.”

Meanwhile, Moore aired a commercial voiced by Winfrey, in which the TV star calls Moore a friend and skims through his resume. Winfrey calls Moore “the kind of transformational leader these times demand.”

On a hot election day in Maryland, voters headed to their polling places. Portia Thompson, who has said she has voted since 1974, voted for Perez at the community center and mayor of Colmar Manor.

“I think he would represent everybody. African Americans, Latinos, everybody. He also worked in President Obama’s administration, so I thought he had the experience,” Thompson said. about Perez.

At the bottom of the ballot

The outcome of another major race was also clear Tuesday night: Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen easily fended off a Democratic primary challenge on Tuesday, according to a CNN projection.

Van Hollen, who suffered a minor stroke in May, overcame a primary challenge from Michelle Smith, a Freedom of Information Act policy analyst at the US Agency for International Development. Ten Republicans are in the running to face the winner of this primary, but Van Hollen is heavily favored to win a second term.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the Democrat from Maryland who is the No. 2 member of the chamber, also won his primary, according to CNN.

CNN predicted that Rep. Anthony Brown will win the Democratic primary in the Maryland Attorney General race.

Brown, the lieutenant governor under former Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley who is stepping down from his U.S. House seat after three terms, beat O’Malley’s wife, Katie Curran O’Malley, a former judge of the Baltimore District Court.

The primary in the race for attorney general is effectively the general election in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican to the position in over 100 years. (A Republican, Edward Rollins, was appointed to the post in 1952.)

Brown, a former Harvard-educated military attorney, would become the first black to serve as Maryland’s attorney general. He was backed by VoteVets, which backs Democratic candidates with military experience. The group aired television advertisements criticizing O’Malley for his accusation that Brown “doesn’t have the right experience for the job”.

One of Maryland’s eight congressional seats is open this fall: The heavily Democratic 4th District seat, currently held by Brown, features former Rep. Donna Edwards facing the former County State’s Attorney Prince George, Glenn Ivey, during the Democratic primary.

Edwards has high profile supporters including Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ivey is backed by ads attacking Edwards from the super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Thompson said she decided to vote for Glenn Ivey in the 4th District race because she thought he was a “great gentleman.”

“I don’t really have a negative opinion of Donna Edwards, but I love Glenn Ivey and his family. I love his wife. She comes to sit on your porch and talk to you,” she said.

Marcela Orellano, 38, was at the East County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring at 9:30 a.m. because she is “terrified about the presidential election.” Although she said there was no specific candidate she was very excited about in the Maryland primary, she wants to see change and worries about gun laws, women’s rights and immigration policies.

“I want to make sure I make a difference at least at the state level. I’m looking for Democrats to fight for the things that are important to me,” Orellano said.

Sharda Ramdat, a 46-year-old mother, said gun violence and abortion rights were her top priorities.

“I worry about my kids every day, and I feel like there’s no place where you can have a moment of your own space. It’s a big deal. I want really change, especially with gun laws,” she said.

Ramdat said she was excited for Moore and thinks he’s the best fit because he “had a tough life growing up” and would “understand where the middle class and the poor are coming from.”

Robin Jones, 68, said affordable housing is one of her top priorities and she is mostly focused on local issues affecting her community.

“I went to work for the telephone company when I was 17, and I could afford an apartment for $125 a week. Now an apartment costs the same as a mortgage, and there’s just nowhere where to live,” Jones said.

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