Maryland gubernatorial primaries test both parties' attitudes toward their establishments

Maryland’s primary Tuesday is set to test Democratic votersviews of the party’s establishment and Republicanswillingness to stick with what’s been a winning formula for the GOP in the deep-blue state.

공화당 정부. 래리 호건, who is among his party’s most moderate figures and one who has frequently criticized former President Donald Trump, is barred by term limits from seeking reelection.
His departure has turned the primaries in the governor’s raceone unfolding in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by about two-to-one, but where the GOP has held the governor’s office for 12 마지막 20 연령 — into a window into the larger battles unfolding in both parties on the national stage.
    Republican voters have four candidates on their gubernatorial primary ballotbut the race is primarily a clash between Hogan’s moderate wing and those devoted to Trump and his brand of politics.
      The Hogan-backed Kelly Schulz, Maryland’s former secretary of commerce, faces Dan Cox, a far-right state lawmaker who sued to block Hogan’s 코로나 바이러스 감염병 세계적 유행-related mandates and sought to impeach the GOP governor over those public safety measures.

        민주당, 그 동안에, are set for a wide-open showdown featuring 10 후보자 — a field that includes former Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, Oprah Winfrey-backed author Wes Moore, state comptroller Peter Franchot, former US Education Secretary John King and Doug Gansler, the former Maryland attorney general and failed 2014 gubernatorial candidate.
        The primaries in the governor’s race are the most closely watched contests on Tuesday’s slate in Maryland, where the election was pushed back three weeks due to litigation over the state’s legislative maps.
          Election results could take days or even weeks to finalize. According to Maryland’s Board of Elections, 이상 508,000 people requested mail-in ballotsshattering previous records for primaries. Counties cannot begin counting those ballots until Thursday, and elections officials say some counties could still be counting mail-in ballots in the first week of August.

          Gubernatorial primaries

          Several candidates for governor would make history in a state that has only ever elected White men as its chief executive.
          Perez, the former DNC chairman, has emphasized his national experience as well as his local roots. He is a former Montgomery County councilman and was Maryland’s labor secretary prior to joining former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department as assistant attorney general for civil rights and later, Obama’s US labor secretary.
          A Perez ad used Obama’s previous comments about Perez, with the former President calling Pereztireless” 과 “wicked smart.
          무어, 그 동안에, aired an ad voiced by Winfrey, in which the television star calls Moore a friend and walks through his resume. Winfrey calls Moorethe type of transformational leader that these times demand.
          Schultz is a rare Republican who could tap into Hogan’s unusual popularity in Marylanda reality that could appeal to GOP voters focused on electability but alienate those who have soured on Hogan after years of criticism of Trump.
          The Democratic Governors Association has pumped more than $ 1 million into television ads seeking to boost Cox, who Democrats view as the weaker candidate in November’s general elections.
          Those ads highlight Cox’s positions that could be popular in a Republican primary but politically problematic in a blue state’s general election, including his opposition to gun restrictions and abortion rights and his endorsement from Trump. One spot calls Coxtoo close to Trump, too conservative for Maryland.
          Schultz, in a news conference with Hogan last month, said that Democrats are attempting tospend a million now and save $ 5 million by not having to face me in the general election.
          Cox, 그 동안에, has stoked fears about election fraud. He said in December 2020 on Facebook that Trump should seize voting machines. He chartered three buses to Trump’s January 6, 2021, rally in Washington. And he tweeted amid the insurrection, “Pence is a traitor.
          He has also 위협 a lawsuit over mail-in ballots.

          Down the ballot

          Among the down-ballot races that will be settled Tuesday are a Democratic Senate battle, a House contest and a primary for attorney generalone that is effectively the general election in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican to the post in more than 100 연령. (One Republican, Edward Rollins, was appointed to the post in 1952.)
          민주당 센. 크리스 반 홀렌, who suffered a minor stroke in May, faces a primary challenge from Michelle Smith, a Freedom of Information Act policy analyst with the US Agency for International Development. Ten Republicans are vying to take on the winner of that primary, but Van Hollen is heavily favored to win a second term.
          One of Maryland’s eight congressional seats is open this fall: The heavily Democratic 4th District seat, currently held by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown, features former Rep. Donna Edwards facing former Prince George’s County state’s attorney Glenn Ivey in the Democratic primary.
          Edwards has high-profile supporters, including Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ivey is being bolstered by ads attacking Edwards from the super PAC affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
          The Democratic primary for Maryland attorney general is another key contest Tuesday. 갈색, the former lieutenant governor under Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley who is leaving his House seat after three terms, is facing O’Malley’s wife, Katie Curran O’Malley, a former Baltimore City district court judge.
          In an ad, O’Malley said Brownis a fine congressman, but he’s never tried a criminal case in Maryland and he doesn’t have the right experience for this job.
            갈색, a Harvard-educated former military lawyer, is backed by VoteVets, which supports Democratic candidates with military experience. In an ad criticizing O’Malley, VoteVets slams O’Malley’s ad asa shame,” saying that itjust dismisses the experience of one of the most qualified people to ever run for attorney general.
            Both would be history-making candidatesBrown as the first Black person to serve as Maryland attorney general, and O’Malley as the first woman to hold the office.

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