Ben Jealous, former NAACP President, has won the Democratic Primary for governor. Jealous captured a total of 220,012 votes or 39.8% of votes in the closely watched eight-way race.
Jealous’ win may signal a shift in Maryland’s Democratic Party as reported in The Baltimore Sun:
His victory over fellow front-runner Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who was backed by the state’s political establishment, demonstrated the growing influence of the progressive wing of the Maryland Democratic Party. His win was part of a wave of victories against establishment candidates in state government.
In addition to Baker and Jealous, the race featured state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., the state’s first openly gay senator; Krish Vignarajah, an immigrant, new mother and former Michelle Obama policy aide; Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea, and tech entrepreneur Alec Ross.
Jealous, and his running mate Susie Turnbull, will face popular incumbent Governor Larry Hogan in the November general election. Hogan was unopposed in the Republican Primary election. Jealous is only the second African-American to win the Democratic Primary nomination for Maryland governor and if he wins in the general election he would be the first to serve as governor.
Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of 9:00 am Wednesday morning.