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How Ben Jealous won Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary — and what could lie ahead

How Ben Jealous won Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary — and what could lie ahead

Ben Jealous’ victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is a shockwave to Maryland Democratic Party. The former NAACP CEO is espousing positions like single-payer health care and free college tuition that make party leaders squirm. But his victory is just one piece of news in Tuesday’s election that tells us a tremendous amount of where Maryland’s voters are and what’s coming in November’s general election.

Maryland’s Democratic political order has been scrambled

As solidly Democratic as Maryland has been in recent decades, it’s not necessarily reliably liberal. We don’t mean that just because voters elected Republican Gov. Larry Hogan four years ago and have given him...

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