Cox won the GOP race to replace the limited-term Republican 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 among the notable vote-takers as the votes were counted Tuesday night.
The primaries were a proxy battle between former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Cox, and Hogan, who endorsed former Commerce Secretary Kelly Schultz.
Hogan’s two-term victory in Maryland was a major achievement: Democrats outnumber Republicans in the state, two to one. The state has not supported a Republican presidential candidate since 1988. But Hogan is seen as one of the most moderate figures in the Republican Party.
Cox has concerns about election fraud. He said in December 2020 on Facebook that Trump should confiscate voting machines. Rent three buses for the Trump rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington. Amid the uprising, he tweeted, “Pence is a traitor.”
Democrats think Cox makes a much easier general election match than Schultz would. The Democratic Governors Association spent more than $1 million on television ads highlighting Trump’s endorsement and Cox’s more conservative positions — a tactic intended to bolster Republican support for Cox but which reduced his standing among moderates in the November general election.
Those sites highlighted his opposition to gun restrictions, abortion rights, and his endorsement of Trump. One describes Cox as “too close to Trump, too conservative for Maryland.”
Schultz, at a news conference with Hogan last month, said Democrats are trying to “spend a million now and save $5 million by not having to face me in the general election.”
Polls closed at 8 p.m. ET, and county officials were prevented from beginning to process the record number of mail-in ballot papers for the primary until in-person voting ended.
The contest for Maryland’s primary on Tuesday was the governor’s race. Hogan, one of the most moderate figures in his party who has repeatedly criticized Trump, is barred from seeking re-election due to term limits.
He has turned his departure from the primaries in the governor’s race — one unfolding in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by about two to one, but where the Republican Party has held the governorship for 12 of the past 20 years — into a window into the larger battles unfolding on both sides. on the National Theatre.
Democrats saw a wide open confrontation involving 10 candidates – a field that included Peres, Oprah Winfrey-backed Moore, State Comptroller Peter Franchot, former US Secretary of Education John King, Doug Gansler, former Maryland attorney general and the failed 2014 gubernatorial candidate.
The governor’s primaries are the most closely watched contest on Tuesday’s slate in Maryland, where the election was postponed three weeks due to litigation over state legislative maps.
It may take days or even weeks to finalize the election results. According to the Maryland Board of Elections, more than 508,000 people requested mail-in ballots — breaking previous records in the primaries. Districts cannot begin counting those votes until Thursday, and election officials say some districts may still count mail-in ballots in the first week of August.
State gubernatorial primaries
Several gubernatorial candidates may go down in history in a state that has elected only white men as its chief executive.
Perez, a former DNC president, emphasized his national experience as well as his local roots. He is a former Montgomery County Council member and was Maryland’s Secretary of Labor before joining the Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama as an assistant attorney general for civil rights and later Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Peres’ ad used Obama’s previous comments about Peres, calling former president Peres a “tireless” and “intelligent villain.”
Moore, henceforth aired and advertised by Winfrey, in which TV star calls Moore a friend and walks through his autobiography. Winfrey describes Moore as “the kind of transformational leader these times require”.
On a hot election day in Maryland, voters marched to their polling places. Portia Thompson, who said she has been voting since 1974, voted for Perez at Colmar Manor Community Center and City Council.
Thompson said of Perez, “I think he’s going to represent everyone. African Americans, Latinos, everyone. He’s also worked in the Obama administration, so I thought he had the experience.”
drop the ballot
Another major race result was also evident Tuesday night: Maryland Moon. Chris Van Hollen easily took on Tuesday’s Democratic primary challenge, according to a CNN drop.
Van Hollen, who suffered a minor stroke in May, defeated a key challenge from Michelle Smith, a Freedom of Information Act policy analyst for the US Agency for International Development. Ten Republicans are vying to win the primaries, but Van Hollen strongly favors a second term.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the Democrat from Maryland who is the room number. 2-ranked member, and also won the primary, predicted by CNN.
CNN predicted that Rep. Anthony Brown will win the Democratic primary in the Maryland attorney general race.
Brown, the vice-governor under the former Democratic governor. Martin O’Malley, who left his seat in the US House of Representatives after three terms, defeated O’Malley’s wife, Katie Curran O’Malley, a former Baltimore City District Court judge.
The primary in the attorney general’s race is effectively the general election in a state that has not elected a Republican for office in more than 100 years. (One Republican, Edward Rollins, was appointed to the position in 1952.)
Brown, a Harvard-educated former military attorney, became the first black person to hold the office of Maryland’s attorney general. It was backed by VoteVets, which supports Democratic candidates with military experience. The group aired television advertisements criticizing O’Malley for accusing Brown of “not having the appropriate experience for the job”.
One of Maryland’s eight congressional seats is open this fall: the Democratic-density fourth district seat, which Brown currently holds, features the former Representative. Donna Edwards confronts former Prince George’s attorney, Glenn Ivey, in the Democratic primary.
Edwards has prominent supporters, including Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Ivy is supported by ads attacking Edwards of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Super PAC.
Thompson said she decided to vote for Glenn Ivey in the District 4 race because she thought he was a “gentleman.”
She said, “I don’t have a negative opinion of Donna Edwards, but I love Glenn Ivey and his family. I love his wife. She comes and sits on your balcony and talks to you.”
Marcella Orellano, 38, was at the Eastern County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring at 9:30 a.m. because she was “afraid of the presidential election.” Although she said there is no specific candidate she was most excited about in the Maryland primary, she wants to see change and is concerned about gun laws, women’s rights and immigration policies.
“I want to make sure I’m making a difference at least at the state level. I’m looking for Democrats fighting for the things that matter to me,” Orellano said.
Sharda Ramdat, a 46-year-old mother, said gun violence and abortion rights are her top priorities.
She said, “I worry about my kids every single day, and I feel like there’s nowhere you can enjoy a moment in your own space. This is a huge problem. I really want a change, especially with gun laws.”
Ramdat said she was enthusiastic about Moore and thought he was the best because he “had a hard life growing up” and would “understand where the middle class and the poor come from.”
Robin Jones, 68, said that affordable housing is one of her top priorities and that she is focusing more on local issues that affect her community.
“I went to work for the phone company at 17 and could afford an apartment making $125 a week,” Jones said. “Now the apartment is the same as the mortgage, and there’s nowhere for people to live.”