The state’s historic Democratic ticket would offer the greatest racial and gender diversity to ever lead the government of Maryland. The newly redrawn congressional maps have also made a congressional seat held by Democrats more competitive.
In all of these races, Republicans have seized on inflation and pandemic restrictions to try to rally the state’s large group of independents to their side.
Democrat Wes Moore, author, Army veteran and former nonprofit leader, would be the state’s first black governor if elected in November. He faces Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick), a first-term state legislator who called the 2020 election stolen and celebrated endorsing former President Trump.
Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Prince George’s) would be the first black attorney general if he wins. He faces Republican Michael Peroutka, who had ties to the neo-Confederate organization League of the South and who spread 9/11 conspiracy theories on his radio show.
Brown and Peroutka win Maryland AG primaries
Of the. Brooke Lierman (D-Baltimore City) would be Maryland’s first woman elected to one of the state’s three most important jobs if she wins her race for comptroller. She faces Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (R), who has distanced himself from the other two men at the top of his party’s ticket and plans to run independently of them.
The redistricting made the seat held by Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) more competitive this year. Democrats are trying to fend off a challenge from Del. Neil C. Parrot (R-Washington) in a rematch between him and Trone.
Tyler Pager contributed to this report.