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Inevitability and the race for governor

Inevitability and the race for governor

The 2014 Maryland governor's race has been shaping up so far as a fight about inevitability. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler long fostered the sense of his own lock on the job through a massive campaign war chest. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown countered by becoming the first to officially enter the race, more than a year before the Democratic primary. Meanwhile, an assortment of potential Republican candidates and two other Democrats — Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Del. Heather Mizeur — have been trying to make the case that an underdog could win.

Now Mr. Brown is seeking to tilt the inevitability scales permanently in his favor with his planned announcement Monday that...