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...