We’re back to primaries on Tuesday — this week, it’s Maryland all by itself. Here are the races we’re tracking:
Maryland has eight congressional districts. Only one (the Fourth), is open. The First District is the only one held by a Republican — Andy Harris, who’s running unopposed in the GOP primary — so we’ve included the returns for that below, so you can keep track of which Democrat he’ll be facing in November.
One of Maryland’s US Senate seats is at issue — current Senator Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, is looking to hold the nomination and retain the seat. He’s challenged by Michelle Smith. There are 10 Republicans on the GOP side vying to win the nomination.
Regarding the Governor’s race, as we’ve reported, current Governor Larry Hogan, who is termed out, is backing Kelly Schulz for the GOP nomination, while former President Donald Trump has endorsed Dan Cox. As per WTOP
It looks like the Democratic primary for Governor is a three-way race between former U.S. Labor secretary Tom Perez who was previously chair of Democratic National Committee, author Wes Moore who hosted a virtual fundraiser alongside Oprah Winff, and Peter Franchot state comptroller, who won wide margins in each of his four terms as state tax collection officer.
Voters are casting ballots with the potential for history to be made in November: Moore or former U.S. Education Secretary John King could become the state’s first Black governor, and Perez could become the first Latino chief executive in the state.
For the GOP, Kelly Schulz is running as Hogan’s hand-picked successor to carry on his legacy. Schulz served as a labor secretary in Hogan’s administration and later as the head of the state’s commerce department. Former Frederick County legislator.
Schulz, the only woman in the field, would be Maryland’s first female governor if she were to win in November. She contends she is the only Republican in the primary who could tap into Hogan’s unusual political success in a heavily Democratic state.
Dan Cox is her opponent, who was endorsed by Trump and is a state legislator. Early in the pandemic, Cox sued over Hogan’s stay-at-home orders and regulations, saying they were unconstitutional. Later, the judge dismissed the suit because Hogan had an obligation as governor to preserve public health.
Cox also filed a resolution of impeachment against Hogan, accusing him of violating the rights of residents by issuing orders that were “restrictive and protracted” during the pandemic. The attempt was rejected by the lawmakers.
For live results, see below. RedState will have the most up-to-date coverage of the election throughout Wednesday night. (Click the “Change Race” option at the upper right of each map to toggle between the races.)