Maryland primaries tee up competitive Senate race

What happened

Maryland Democrats on Tuesday nominated Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to replace retiring Sen. Ben Cardin (D). Alsobrooks unexpectedly beat three-term Rep. David Trone (D), who drew millions from his personal fortune to outspend her 10-to-1. Popular former Gov. Larry Hogan (R) easily won Tuesday’s Republican primary, setting up a competitive race in a state that hasn’t had a Republican U.S. senator since 1987.

Voters in blue states like Maryland and Massachusetts may “give themselves permission to reach across partisan lines and elect a Republican they like and respect” as governor, Democratic political consultant Len Foxwell said to The Wall Street Journal. “That does not translate in any way to Senate races, in which the issues are nationalized.”

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