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James C. Jr Simpson

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...