Sheila Dixon

Baltimore Democrats divided over heated Senate campaign between Jill Carter and J.D. Merrill

Baltimore Democrats divided over heated Senate campaign between Jill Carter and J.D. Merrill

An increasingly negative state Senate race between members of two storied Baltimore families pursuing a seat vacated by a felon whose name remains on the ballot is dividing powerful city Democrats.

State Sen. Jill P. Carter, the 53-year-old daughter of renowned civil rights leader Walter P. Carter, has been the subject of negative online ads from challenger J.D. Merrill, the 27-year-old son-in-law of former Gov. Martin O’Malley.

On a website called “Where Was Jill?” Merrill accuses Carter of missing 1,600 floor votes — out of nearly 13,000 — during the 14 years she served as a delegate in the General Assembly.

Carter’s supporters have hit back, defending her record in...

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