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WYPR Primary Election 2018 Coverage

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Get election coverage from the WYPR News team, On the Record and Midday. 

You can watch WYPR's live election coverage "Primary Night in Maryland" in this Facebook Live video.   

Go to the Maryland Board of Elections for the latest election results

Election Results Coverage

On the Record's election results show with political commentator Barry Rascovar and WYPR Baltimore County reporter John Lee.

Jealous Wins The Democratic Primary For Governor On "People Power"

Mosby Wins Re-Election in Baltimore City State's Attorney Race 


Baltimore County Democratic Race Too Close to Call


Pre-Election Coverage

On the Record has spoken with all nine Democratic gubernatorial candidates about why they’re running, how they would address certain issues and why voters should pick them to be the Democrats’ standard bearer against incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. You can hear the Democratic candidates discuss these topics:

The Gubernatorial Candidates

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Rushern Baker

Rushern Baker (D) - Baker is one of three candidates in the race who is not a political outsider, and now, the only one currently serving as a county executive.  Baker entered politics in 1994, serving in the Maryland House of Delegates until 2003. He lost his first two elections for Prince George's county executive, but in 2010, he beat incumbent Jack Johnson. Soon after that election, federal prosecutors arrested Johnson on corruption charges. Mr. Baker has been widely credited with improving the county’s image and ending its "pay to play" legacy.

His running mate is Elizabeth Embry, a lawyer in the MD Attorney General’s office and a former candidate for Mayor of Baltimore.

Campaign website: www.rushernbaker.com

  • WYPR News profile: 
    Baker Says School Scandals Bolster His Credentials
  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:

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Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan (R) - Hogan is one of only two Republicans elected to our state’s highest office in the last 50 years, and in a poll released in January by Gonzales Media and Research, 71% of MD voters said they approve of the job the Governor is doing. While there is no shortage of Democrats vying for the chance to face the Governor in the general election in November, Mr. Hogan lead all of them in head-to-head match-ups at early stages in the campaign. 

The Governor points to education funding and accountability, re-districting, and the environment as some of his top priorities. His running mate is current Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford. 

Campaign website: www.larryhogan.com

  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:
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Ralph Jaffe (D) - Jaffe is a retired teacher who has run several times for Governor and U.S. Senate. He does not accept campaign contributions. Part of his mission statement is to "use the political campaigns as a teaching device to show my students where the corruption is in government." He has not held elected office before. His running mate is Freda Jaffe. 

Campaign website: www.fedupwithcrookedpolitics.com

On the Record: Gubernatorial Candidate Round Up--What Sets Them Apart

  •   On the Record: The Democratic Candidates for Governor on Education
  • On the Record: The Democratic Candidates for Governor on the Economy and Jobs
  • On the Record: The Democratic Candidates for Governor on Crime and Opioids

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Ben Jealous

Ben Jealous (D) - Jealous is perhaps best known as the former president and CEO of the NAACP. When he was appointed to that position in 2008, he was, at 35 years old, the youngest person ever to lead the NAACP. He was there for more than 5 years. When he left the NAACP in 2013, he joined Kapor Capital as a partner and investor. It’s a progressive investment firm based in Oakland, CA. He manages the firm’s Baltimore office. He is also a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a former community organizer and, early in his career, he was a journalist. 

His running mate is Susan (Susie) Turnbull, a former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party. 

Campaign website: benjealous.com

  • WYPR News profile: Ben Jealous, a Progressive Democrat Courts Moderate Voters 
  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:
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James Jones

James Hugh Jones (D) - Jones is a pastor who says one of the biggest issues is government accountability to citizens. He has not held elected office before. His running mate is Charles S. Waters. Waters is also a pastor.  

Campaign Facebook (candidate does not have a campaign website listed:) www.facebook.com/James-Hugh-Jones-II

On the Record: Gubernatorial Candidate Round Up--What Sets Them Apart

  • On the Record: The Democratic Candidates for Governor on Education 

  • On the Record: The Democratic Candidates for Governor on Economy and Jobs
  • On the Record: The Democratic Candidates for Governor on Crime and Opoids
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Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.

Rich Madaleno (D) - Madaleno has represented Montgomery County in the MD Legislature for more than 15 years -- first in the House of Delegates and, since 2007, in the State Senate. Since 2015, he has been Vice-Chair of the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. He is the first openly gay person elected to the MD House of Delegates and the State Senate. If elected, he would be the first openly gay governor of any state in America. His running mate is Luwanda W. Jenkins, a Baltimore native and business executive who served in the administrations of Maryland’s last three Democratic governors -- O’Malley, Glendening & Schaefer. 

Campaign website: madalenoformaryland.com

  • WYPR News profile: Madaleno Says Vote for Him, a Lawmaker and 'Budget Guy'
  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:
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Alec Ross

Alec Ross (D) -  Ross is an innovation expert, and the author of the New York Times best-selling book, "The Industries of the Future," about innovation and the changes that economies and societies can expect over the next decade. Ross served in the State Department as Senior Advisor on Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  He also worked in the Obama campaign and transition team in 2008. He’s a former Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.  

His running mate is Julie Verratti, Co-Founder of Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring and former senior policy advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Campaign website: alecross.com

  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:
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Jim Shea

Jim Shea (D) -  Before running for Governor, Shea was partner and chairman of Venable, a law firm with 8 U.S. offices. He served on the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland for 10 years.

He has chosen Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott as his Lt. Governor running mate.  

Campaign website: jimshea.com

  • WYPR News profile: Jim Shea Says He's the Democrat Who Can Beat Hogan. 

  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:
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Krish Vignarajah (D) - Vignarajah served as Policy Director to First Lady Michelle Obama. She was also a senior advisor at the State Department for Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Before working in the Obama administration, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She is a Yale and Oxford educated lawyer who practiced law in Washington, DC. She clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and she taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. 

Her running mate is Sharon Blake, the former head of the Baltimore Teacher’s Union.

Campaign website: krishformaryland.com

  • Midday 'Conversations with the Candidates' interview:

Kevin Kamenetz (D) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz' name will appear on the ballot. He died of cardiac arrest in early May. His running mate Valerie Ervin decided to run in his stead, but she dropped outof the race on June 12. Ervin attempted to get her name on the ballot but the Maryland Board of Elections said it was too late to reprint or edit the ballot. 

WYPR reporting on other primary races

Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.
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