The New York Times reports:
Wes Moore, a celebrity author and former nonprofit executive who campaigned as a political outsider, has won the Democratic primary for governor of Maryland.
Three days after voting concluded, The Associated Press declared Mr. Moore the winner over Tom Perez, a former labor secretary and Democratic National Committee chairman; Peter Franchot, the state comptroller; and six other candidates.
Mr. Moore, a best-selling author who for a time hosted a show on Oprah Winfrey’s cable network, cast himself as a dynamic newcomer in a race in which his top rivals were all veterans of Maryland or national politics.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
Moore will face Del. Dan Cox, who won his competitive primary earlier this week, in the general election. If he wins in November, Moore would become the first Black governor in Maryland’s history. Political observers say Moore has a strong chance against Cox, a conservative Republican endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Moderate Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who supported former state Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz in their party’s primary, has called Cox a “conspiracy-theory-believing QAnon whack-job.” “I think there’s no race at all. I think Wes Moore is going to be the new governor,” Hogan said.
Wes Moore, a bestselling author and former nonprofit leader, defeated former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to claim a prize that attracted 10 candidates: the right to run for Maryland governor in November as the Democratic nominee. https://t.co/4Gvi2JC4Wf
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