Ben Jealous

Zurawik: Jealous did well in the televised debate — but Hogan was solid, too

Zurawik: Jealous did well in the televised debate — but Hogan was solid, too

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was the one with all the pressure on him coming into Monday’s TV debate with Gov. Larry Hogan. He was trailing by 22 points in the latest poll after getting pounded for months as an extremist in TV attack ads without responding.

The good news for Democrats: In TV terms, Jealous had a good debate with one great moment that some viewers will surely remember when they go to vote.

The bad news: Hogan is a very savvy debater despite his easy-going, I’m-just-a-regular-guy TV persona, and he had a solid debate, too, despite a fairly serious mistake at the start. Overall, the incumbent’s performance was strong enough to parry most of...

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