Baltimore was a focus during this week’s second televised debate in Maryland’s gubernatorial primary, and for good reason. Politically, votes there are up for grabs, with the only two Baltimore candidates (attorney Jim Shea and author/entrepreneur Alec Ross) both political newcomers without established bases. And from a policy perspective, continued population loss, high crime rates, poor economic opportunities and struggling schools make the needs there more intense than in any other part of the state. And given Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to cancel the Red Line light rail project and the uncertainty over the future of the State Center redevelopment, it provides them an opening to attack the popular Republican incumbent.