Coverage: 2018 primary election

Marylanders cast vote in elections for governor, comptroller, attorney general, U.S. Senator, all eight seats in the House of Representatives and all 188 seats in the General Assembly in the 2018 primary election. Local elections for county executives, council members or commissioners, state's attorneys and other offices were also be held throughout the state, with the exception of Baltimore City, where the offices of mayor and City Council are not on the ballot until 2020.

Recount underway in Baltimore County executive primary race

Elections officials began the laborious task Thursday morning of recounting more than 87,000 paper ballots in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive — a contest won by Johnny Olszewski Jr. by just nine votes.

Howard council incumbent, down two votes in primary, loses by six votes after recount

Political newcomer Liz Walsh held onto her win over incumbent Jon Weinstein in the District 1 Democratic primary following Wednesday’s recount.

What you need to know about the Baltimore County executive race recount

Baltimore County election officials will begin Thursday on a manual recount of nearly 85,000 paper ballots cast in last month’s Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive.

District 32 candidate considering recount with 73 votes separating winner and loser

County Councilman John Grasso leads Maurren Bryant by 73 votes after all absentee and provisional votes were counted Friday. Bryant is considering a recount but she would have to pay for it herself.

Howard council incumbent seeks recount after two-vote loss

Howard County councilman Jon Weinstein has filed for a recount in the District 1 Democratic primary after losing to Liz Walsh by two votes last week.

McComas, Wagner win tight Harford primary races after final ballot canvass

The final results are in, with winners set in tight primary races for state delegate and Harford County Council, after the third and final ballot canvass Friday.

Howard County Council incumbent ousted in primary by two votes

Political newcomer Liz Walsh has upset incumbent County Councilman Jon Weinstein in Howard County’s Democratic primary, elections officials announced Friday.

Brochin camp says request for recount in 9-vote Baltimore County executive's race could come Tuesday

State Sen. Jim Brochin says he’ll file a request for a recount in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive — which he lost by just nine votes — as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Olszewski ekes out 9-vote win in Baltimore County Democratic primary for county executive

Johnny Olszewski Jr. eked out a9-vote win in Baltimore County Democratic primary for county executive

Larry Hogan releases tax returns, showing he's made $2.4 million while governor

Hogan was paid $175,000 last year as governor, but most of his income came from his private real estate business.

Jim Brochin to call for recount after 9-vote loss in primary for Baltimore County executive

State Sen. Jim Brochin said he plans to ask for a recount after losing the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive by just nine votes.

Primary behind them, Schuh and Pittman focus on matchup in county executive race

For months, Steve Schuh and Steuart Pittman have been quietly building their campaigns for Anne Arundel County executive. Now that the primary elections are behind them, they’re ready to start selling their messages to county voters.

Mary Washington claims victory in Maryland Senate race against Joan Carter Conway

Del. Mary Washington claimed victory Friday in her narrow victory over incumbent Sen. Joan Carter Conway.

After provisional ballot count, Howard council race gets even tighter

Four votes separate the two Democratic candidates in the District 1 Howard County Council race after Thursday's provisional ballot count.

Results in Democratic Baltimore County executive race not expected until at least Friday

Baltimore County elections judges resumed counting ballots on Thursday, but a result isn't expected in the Democratic contest for county executive until at least Friday.

Baltimore Fair Elections Fund gives political power back to the people

Imagine an election without big money, where Baltimore voters are at the center of the campaigns and fundraising, where our elected officials are actually accountable to voters and not special interests, and where the issues that matter most get addressed.

Eight Howard County school board candidates advance

Eight candidates won Tuesday's primary race for the Howard County School Board. The eight candidates will drop to four in the general election on Nov. 6.

Thousands of absentee, provisional ballots could decide Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive

It could be the end of next week before a winner can be declared in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, a race that ended Tuesday night with three candidates separated by just over 1,000 votes.

'Bring it on, Larry Hogan': Ben Jealous predicts victory in Maryland governor's race

The day after defeating a crowded Democratic field for Maryland governor, former NAACP president Ben Jealous predicted victory against his next opponent: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

GOP Maryland Gov. Hogan and Democrat Jealous trade barbs as General Election race begins

Hours after his campaign launched its first general election campaign attack ad Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan said he thinks his race against Democrat Ben Jealous will “come down to whether people are happy with the direction the state is heading.”

By the numbers: How Ben Jealous beat out Rushern Baker in primary race for governor

Ben Jealous won the Democratic primary for Maryland governor with an overwhelming margin in the Baltimore region and a strong performance in the Washington suburbs where his chief rival, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, was expected to perform well. 

Can Ben Jealous beat Hogan? Here are five things he needs to do.

Ben Jealous faces an uphill battle in his race against Gov. Larry Hogan. If he has a shot, here's what he'll need to do.

5 takeaways from Maryland's 2018 primary election

No. 1: The establishment lost and the progressives won.

Mary Washington leads Sen. Conway in Maryland Senate race but holds off on claiming victory

Del. Mary Washington held a lead of more than 500 votes in her race against Sen. Joan Carter Conway but was holding off on claiming victory.

Baltimore Mayor Pugh calls for review of Election Day problems at polling places

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday that she was concerned about reports of vermin infested polling places and late openings on Election Day.

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

Ben Jealous' victory is just one sign about where Maryland's voters are in advance of a pivotal election.

Ben Jealous wins Maryland Democratic primary race for governor

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous won Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, promising to deliver a progressive agenda that makes college free, legalizes marijuana and raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Redmer declares win in GOP Baltimore County executive race; Democrats' race too close to call

In Baltimore County, voters selected Democratic and Republican nominees for county executive.

Thousands of uncounted provisional ballots in Maryland primary election leave key races undecided

With thousands of provisional ballots uncounted across Maryland, key races — including the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive and hotly contested state legislative races — are undecided.

Marilyn Mosby wins re-election in three-way race for Baltimore state's attorney

Marilyn Mosby sought re-election against Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah.

With big increase in provisional ballots, some election results in Maryland could hang in the balance

The late-discovered computer glitch that will force as many as 80,000 voters to cast provisional ballots Tuesday has the potential to delay election results for races up and down the ballot, analysts said.

Maryland primary election: Pests, provisional ballots and other problems

If the last-minute revelation that as many as 80,000 will have to vote provisionally in Tuesday’s primary election weren’t enough, the polls opened today with scattered reports of issues at several precincts.

Incumbents dealt blow as Peroutka, Smith defeated in Anne Arundel races

Councilman Michael Peroutka and Pete Smith were defeated Tuesday in a contested primary election.

Two Baltimore state senators defeated in Maryland General Assembly races; Conway trails in tight contest

All of the 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly — 47 in the Senate, 141 in the House of Delegates — were on the ballot Tuesday, forcing many veteran incumbents in the Baltimore region and elsewhere to face possible ouster as voters decided whether to make sweeping changes in Annapolis. 

Republican Amie Hoeber and Democrat David Trone to face off for Maryland's only open House seat

Republican Amie Hoeber won the GOP nomination for Maryland’s only open House seat. The Democratic primary was too close to call.

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin to face Republican Tony Campbell in November

Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin, a fixture in Maryland politics for more than 50 years, won his party’s nomination to seek a third term.

Incumbent councilman holds razor-thin lead in Howard

The narrowed down nominees are fighting for one of the council’s five seats, in a year that will bring major change to the county’s leadership as four of five council members’ terms expire.

Baltimore County voters cast ballots in first school board election

Winners in Baltimore County's first school board race will be placed on the November ballot.

5 Baltimore County council members fight off primary challengers to advance to general election

Five Baltimore County Council members held off primary challengers Tuesday. Democrats Julian E. Jones Jr. of Woodstock and Tom Quirk of Oella and Republicans Todd Crandell of Dundalk, Wade Kach of Cockeysville and David Marks of Perry Hall all now advance to the general election in November.

Incumbent John Anderson well ahead in race to secure Democratic nomination for Baltimore sheriff

John Anderson pulled easily ahead Tuesday at the end of heated Democratic primary battle for Baltimore’s sheriff that pitted the veteran incumbent against an experienced police department official.

Howard's county executive candidates promise positive campaigns

Democrat Calvin Ball clinched the party’s nomination for Howard County Executive candidate in Tuesday’s primary, setting him up to oppose incumbent Republican Allan Kittleman in the November election.

Jim Fredericks defeats Ron Bateman, wins GOP nomination in Anne Arundel sheriff's race

Anne Arundel County looks set to have a new sheriff as Jim Fredericks led incumbent Sheriff Ron Bateman in Tuesday’s primary election for the Republican nomination for the office with the majority of precincts reporting in.

Leopold comeback ends as Kipke, Chisholm have majority lead in delegate race

Results from the 2018 primary election for the General Assembly.

Historic election: Anne Arundel voters select school board candidates

Four seats are up for grabs this year, representing councilmanic districts 1, 4, 5 and 7, as the board transitions from an appointed body to an elected one. Two candidates from each district will advance from today’s primary to the general election.

Wes Adams defeats Kathy Rogers in Anne Arundel state's attorney's race

The 2018 election for Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney looks set to be a rematch of 2014 as incumbent Republican candidate Wes Adams took a commanding lead in Tuesday’s primary election over challenger Kathy Rogers.

Alsobrooks, Peters projected primary winners

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks was poised to take a step toward history Tuesday night as the projected winner of the Democratic party’s nomination for Prince George’s County executive.

Titus, Oesterreicher advance in Circuit Court judge race

Sitting Judge Richard Titus took the Republican race for Judge of the Circuit Court, while Maria L. Oesterreicher pulled ahead of the Democratic race.

Dems compete to face incumbent Republicans in District 9

Maryland Legislative District 9, which covers Howard County, also includes a small part of Southern Carroll County. Incumbent Republicans representing this district in the House of Delegates run unopposed, while incumbent state Sen. Gail Bates has a challenger in primary election Tuesday, June 26.

Incumbent Zimmerman rolls in register of wills race; Orphan's Court candidates move on

Paul Zimmerman pulled ahead of the register of wills race, and all Orphan's Court Judge candidates were moving through to the general election.

Commissioner candidates Wantz, Weaver, Rothstein big winners in Carroll primary

With no general election competition in November, incumbent Carroll County Commissioners Stephen Wantz and Richard Weaver, and Republican Ed Rothstein in District 5 were the big winners in Tuesday’s primary.

Incumbent delegates secure 'Team Hogan' win in District 5 primary

The race to represent Maryland’s fifth legislative district — which encapsulates most of Carroll County — is on.  Four Republican candidates are running for three District 5 seats in the Maryland House of Delegates. Three of those candidates are incumbents, with a lone newcomer. 

Carroll picks its six BOE candidates for November

Patricia Ann Dorsey, Bob Lord, Tara Battaglia, Mary Kowalski, Kenneth Kiler and Doug Howard will advance to the midterm elections in November in the Board of Education race after knocking out five other candidates.

Former county councilman is coming home, back to his District 1 seat

Former District 1 councilman Tom Dernoga earned 52.3 percent or 5,215 votes and current Laurel Mayor Craig Moe, 58, earned 47.7 percent or 4,755 votes.

Peisinger takes GOP state's attorney nod in Harford; Glassman, Vincenti also win primary bids

Several key Republican races for county offices and local legislative seats were settled by Tuesday’s primary election voting in Harford County, but a number of others were close enough to need the count of absentee and provisional ballots to determine the outcome.

Dems Guyton, Hebbar will face GOP candidates Mangione, Robinson in general election for District 42B

GOP and Dem winners in District 42B primary will face off in November while two other races in District 42 were uncontested.

Amid epic police corruption, Mosby eludes blame for surge in violence

State's attorney Marilyn Mosby leads in her quest for a second term despite the turmoil of the last three years.

Marilyn Bentley leads Democratic race for Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court

Marilyn Bentley, who ascended to the office of Clerk of the Baltimore Circuit Court after her two previous bosses died in office, led a crowded field Tuesday in the race to secure the job at the polls.

Voters encounter mice and flea infestation at Baltimore polling place on Maryland primary election day

A mice and flea infestation at Patapsco Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood prompted election officials to move the polling place to another location.

Maryland primary election: What is a provisional ballot?

What you need to know if you'll be casting a provisional ballot in Tuesday's primary.

Primary 101: A newcomer's guide to today's election in Maryland

Many Maryland voters are tuning in to Tuesday's primary race at the last minute. Here is a quick guide to get them up to speed.

Democratic ballot for Maryland governor offers a rare crowded field that includes Kevin Kamenetz

Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz died last month, but he was still on the ballots and on some voters’ minds during Tuesday’s primary elections.

Maryland primary election: What you need to know before you vote

If you are heading out to the polls to vote during Maryland June 26 primary election, here's what you need to know.

Maryland voter registration snafu affects 80,000, four times as many as initially announced

As many as 80,000 voters will have to cast provisional ballots in tomorrow's primary election because of a computer glitch - four times more than originally reported by state officials.

What's at stake in the elections in Baltimore, Baltimore County and beyond

As voters cast their ballots in the Baltimore area on Tuesday, they’ll weigh in on two key races: Baltimore County executive and Baltimore City state’s attorney.

What we know about Christine Nizer, head of Maryland's MVA, which failed to forward key voter information

Christine Nizer, the head of the Motor Vehicle Administration, came under fire Monday and Tuesday after the agency failed to forward voter information to the Maryland Board of Elections, forcing as many as 80,000 voters to cast provisional ballots.

Democrats running for Maryland governor crisscross state in final push for votes

From metro stops to farmers' markets to rallies, churches and pride parades, the six Democrats running for governor crisscrossed Maryland this weekend in a final push to sway voters — many who seem to have just started tuning into the race.

Democrats running for Maryland governor would run starkly different campaigns against Hogan

The Democrats running for Maryland governor agree on policy, but their personalities and styles offer dramatically different races against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

Maryland early voting turnout was way up. We break down the numbers.

A look at early voting turnout by day, party, and jurisdiction for the 2018 Maryland primary.

A big-money challenger roils Southeast Baltimore's election with focus on crime, safety

A former Obama adviser raised more than $430,000 to unseat one of the incumbents in Southeast Baltimore's District 46 legislative election.

Candidates running for a seat on Baltimore County's first elected school board

Twenty two candidates for school board on the ballot in Baltimore County

Bad-blood feud flares between progressives Valerie Ervin, Ben Jealous as Maryland governor's race nears end

Former gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin calls Democrat Ben Jealous a bully. The campaign for Jealous, the former NAACP chief, calls Ervin a liar.

Challengers to Maryland Sen. Cardin, including Chelsea Manning, having a difficult time breaking through

Sen. Ben Cardin has accumulated far more campaign money than his challengers in Tuesday's primary. But the Maryland Democrat has needed to spend little of it so far.

Maryland voters cast record number of ballots as early voting wraps up, with 56% higher turnout than 2014

Early voting ends in Maryland's primary election with record number of ballots case before Election Day.

Ben Jealous attacks Rushern Baker over Prince George's County school system pay raises

Ben Jealous criticizes Rushern Baker over school system raises as duel of Democratic front-runners heats up.

Candidate Jerry Segal touts ‘Ben & Jerry’ in ads — but ‘Ben’ Jealous didn’t authorize them

Jerry Segal touts ‘Ben & Jerry’ in campaign ads — but ‘Ben’ Jealous didn’t authorize them

Gun control dominates race for Baltimore County executive even as office lacks say over weapons

Baltimore County’s Democratic voters are being slammed with information about gun control: flyers in their mail, e-mails in their inboxes, ads on their TVs.

Maryland Board of Elections says address, party changes for more than 18K voters weren't recorded

More than 18,700 people will have to vote on provisional ballots in Tuesday’s election thanks to a computer glitch that failed to record their voter registration changes, state officials announced late Saturday.

Maryland early voting is up 55 percent over 2014 turnout. What does that surge tell us?

Many analysts doubt the record clip of early voting signals a "blue wave" of Democrat energy.

Maryland Gov. Hogan, possible Democratic rivals expand voter outreach with technology

Some of Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates are using the latest technology to engage supporters to promote their campaigns using their smartphones and digital networks.

Rushern Baker unleashes O'Malley on Gov. Hogan in Democratic campaign for Maryland governor

Democratic former Gov. Martin O'Malley is attacked Republican Gov. Larry Hogan as he stumps for the gubernatorial campaign of Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

Baltimore County Circuit Court judges facing election unite to fend off lone competitor

Four incumbent judges are fending off a competitor for their coveted seats on the Baltimore County Circuit Court in the June 26 primary election.

Baltimore Sun/UB Poll: Republican Gov. Hogan is popular among Maryland Democrats despite anti-Trump wave

Democrats in deep blue Maryland like Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, even though they don't believe he has changed the state for the better, a new poll for the Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore shows.

Sun/UB Poll: Baker, Jealous emerge from crowded Democratic field for governor

A new Baltimore Sun-University of Baltimore poll has found that with less than three weeks until the Democratic primary election for governor, two candidates have broken away from the crowded pack, though a huge swath of voters are undecided and haven't been paying attention to the race.

Sun/UB Poll: Brochin and McDonough lead Baltimore County executive primaries

With just days until primary voting begins, state Sen. Jim Brochin is leading the field of Democratic Baltimore County executive candidates, while Del. Pat McDonough has the lead among Republicans.

Ben Jealous, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, releases tax returns

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous released three years of tax returns Tuesday, showing he earned $1.3 million between 2015-2017.

Baltimore state's attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah launches $200K radio, TV ad push

After sitting on his cash for weeks, Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah has rolled out a $200,000 ad buy for the final week before the primary election.

Super PAC spends $32K on Baltimore County executive candidate Vicki Almond

A political action committee formed to boost the campaign of Baltimore County executive candidate Vicki Almond says it has spent tens of thousands of dollars on mailers — just days after declaring it hadn’t previously raised or spent more than $1,000 in the race.

Freddie Gray case roils prosecutor election — but not the one in Baltimore

The political mailer includes a picture of Marilyn Mosby as she announced charges in the death of Freddie Gray, accusing her of prosecuting "INNOCENT" Baltimore Police officers. But the ad wasn't aimed at voters in the city.

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial campaigns diverge on media strategies

Campaign finance filings show how strategies diverge for the various candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Maryland Democratic candidates for governor report cash ready for final push

With about 10 days to go until election day, the front-runners in the Democratic primary each has several hundred thousand dollars to spend on TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts.

In Baltimore County executive primaries, Democrats continue to out-raise and out-spend GOP counterparts

The Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive continue to out-raise and out-spend their Republican counterparts, according to new campaign finance reports.

Down-ballot races helping to drive turnout in lackluster primary

During an often sleepy Democratic primary for governor Maryland primary voters are finding that the most compelling races are located further down the ballot.

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11 Democrats running for clerk of Baltimore court — some who've been there as criminal defendants

There are more Democrats running to be the Clerk of Circuit court than would fit in two Toyota Corollas.

Fewer TV ads, microtargeting: crowded race for Maryland governor candidates yields unusual strategies to win

The Democratic primary race for governor is so crowded that the winner may only need 125,000 of Maryland's 2 million Democrats to secure the nomination. The low threshold has launched unusual strategies from candidates seeking to win not the majority of voters, just the most voters.

Conviction rate has dipped under Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, giving challengers an attack line she once used

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says her office wins 92 percent of felony cases excluding murders. That’s a slight decline from her predecessor, but still a success in this era of police scandal, she says.

Comparing early voting turnout with Maryland's last midterm primary

Tracking turnout over the eight days of early voting in Maryland's gubernatorial primary.

Meet the Democratic candidates for Maryland governor

Seven Democratic candidates are vying for their party's nomination on June 26. The winner will run against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

In governor's race, Democrat Rushern Baker says he turned around Prince George's and will do same for Maryland

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is pitching voters that he can turn around Maryland the way he turned around the state's second largest jurisdiction.

Democrat Ben Jealous pitches health care for all, free college tuition in bid for Maryland governor

Ben Jealous, who describes himself as an organizer, is trying to blaze a progressive path to the Maryland State House.

Madaleno, staunch liberal and policy wonk, hopes to build on Montgomery Co. base in Maryland governor's race

Maryland Sen. Richard S. Madaleno is many things in addition to being a budget expert: Stalwart liberal. Political insider. Fierce Hogan critic. Maryland’s first openly gay state senator. But there’s one thing he is not: Widely known outside his home county of Montgomery.

Democrat Alec Ross, tech expert and author, says as Maryland governor he'll focus on 'what's next'

Alec Ross, 46, is among seven serious candidates running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Ross says his varied experiences — teacher, janitor, author, tech innovator — have prepared him to lead Maryland.

After career in law, Democrat Jim Shea seeks to be governor: 'I think I have something to offer'

As an accomplished businessman, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Jim Shea is hoping to appeal to moderate and pro-business Democrats who voted for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2014.

Democrat Krish Vignarajah says it's time for a woman to be Maryland's governor

Democrat and first time candidate Krish Vignarajah pitches herself as the woman best position to become Maryland's first female governor.

Vignarajah picks former Baltimore teacher as running mate, creating only all-female ticket in governor's race

Democrat Krish Vignarajah, the only woman running for governor, selected former Baltimore teacher union president Sharon Blake as her running mate.

Democrat Rushern Baker picks former mayoral candidate Elizabeth Embry as running mate

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker tapped Elizabeth Embry to join his campaign for governor, bringing criminal justice expert with deep city ties into the race for the Democratic nomination.

Democrat Alec Ross picks Montgomery County brewer as running mate

Alec Ross, a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, announced Monday that he has chosen Julie Verratti, a craft beer brewer who worked to support small businesses for the Obama administration, as his running mate.

Jealous picks former Democratic Party chair Susan Turnbull as running mate

While running as an outsider in the Democratic primary race for governor, former NAACP chief Ben Jealous picked a party insider as his running mate - and praised her for getting Democrats to show up the polls.

Madaleno chooses ex-Martin O'Malley aide as running mate in Democratic primary race

Gubernatorial candidate Richard S. Madaleno Jr. chooses Luwanda Jenkins, who headed Gov. Martin O'Malley's minority affairs office, as his running mate.

Democratic candidates for Maryland governor get brash in debate, including a call to impeach Trump

Some of the Democrats who want to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan went bold in a televised debate taped Wednesday, calling for such measures as impeaching President Donald J. Trump, disbanding the Baltimore police department and ordering state troopers to confront federal immigration agents.

To err is political: fact-checking the debates of Democratic candidates for Maryland governor

The Democratic candidates for governor who took part in a forum at the University of Baltimore Tuesday managed to steer clear of the urban mythology that characterized previous events, but some of them made statements that stretched the truth.

Democrats running for Maryland governor stress differences in third televised debate

With time running out before the first votes are cast, seven Democrats hoping to be governor this week began stressing the differences among them.

6 takeaways from the debate among Democratic candidates for Maryland governor

The Democratic candidates for Maryland governor debated at the University of Baltimore in a faceoff sponsored by The Baltimore Sun and WJZ-TV.

Baltimore's woes central in second Democratic gubernatorial debate

The nine Democrats on the ballot agreed the state needed to invest more Baltimore's schools and communities,

Fact check: Democratic debate yields urban myths, stretched statistics, grains of truth

Participants in Wednesday’s Democratic debate recounted some urban mythology, stretched some statistics far beyond their meaning and got in some whacks at Gov. Larry Hogan that were based on facts — if perhaps lacking in context.

Democratic candidates take swipes at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in first TV debate of election season

In the first televised debate of election season, eight Democrats running for Maryland governor swiped at popular Republican incumbent Larry Hogan, but highlighted their differences on whether they would raise taxes if elected.

Democrat Vicki Almond seeks to complete rise in politics by becoming Baltimore County executive

Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond of Reisterstown is one of the three leading Democratic candidates running for Baltimore County executive.

Democrat Jim Brochin says his run for Baltimore County executive touts 'people's message'

Jim Brochin is one of the three leading Democratic candidates for Baltimore County executive in the 2018 election.

Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. seeks comeback in Baltimore County executive race

Johnny Olszewski Jr., a former state delegate from Dundalk, is one of three leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive.

GOP primary: Backed by governor, Al Redmer says he would bring executive experience to Baltimore County

As Al Redmer Jr. approached voters at a festival in Towson, he handed each a glossy flyer that featured a familiar face. Many smiled when they saw the photo of Gov. Larry Hogan. “I think the governor’s doing a great job,” one man told Redmer.

GOP primary: Pat McDonough sees Baltimore County as 'runaway train' he can get on track as executive

The way state Del. Pat McDonough sees it, Baltimore County is a runaway train going off a bridge.

Maryland candidate for governor Vignarajah proposes plan to combat flooding after Ellicott City disaster

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah on Thursday inspected the wreckage of the deadly flash flood that destroyed Ellicott City last month and laid out an ambitious plan to try to prevent another disaster. 

More than 31,000 votes cast on first day of early voting in Maryland

Voting began in Maryland's primary election on Thursday with the first day of early voting.

As primary election nears, Baltimore County executive candidates go on attack

With voters now casting their ballots, the intensity has ratcheted up in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, with attack ads airing on the radio and negative fliers landing in voters’ mailboxes.

Two Democrats face off for state Senate District 12 seat

Howard County Council member Mary Kay Sigaty and District 12 Del. Clarence Lam vie in primary election for Democratic nomination for District 12 state Senate seat. The winner will face sole GOP candidate Joe Hooe in the November election.

Maryland General Assembly's ethics panel investigating Del. Curt Anderson for alleged sexual misconduct

Prominent Baltimore lawmaker Del. Curt Anderson is under an ethics investigation for alleged sexual misconduct and harassment.

Ivan Bates' 'undefeated' claim of prosecuting murders in Baltimore not a clear cut case

As the June 26 primary election approaches, state's attorney candidate Ivan Bates claims all wins in 12 to 15 murder cases. And he gets there with some careful accounting.

Pot, polls and pizza: Maryland Democratic candidates for governor end debate on high note

The six remaining Democrats running for ended their round of televised debates Thursday with few clashes and agreement on most issues.

As early voting starts Thursday in Maryland, campaigns getting aggressive

Maryland election officials are bracing for increased turnout as early voting for the primary election begins Thursday — and campaigns are rallying their supporters to fight for every vote.

Baltimore Democrats divided over heated Senate campaign between Jill Carter and J.D. Merrill

State Sen. Jill P. Carter, 53, the daughter of renowned civil rights leader Walter P. Carter, has been the subject of negative online ads from her challenger, J.D. Merrill, 27, the son-in-law of former Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Baker, Jealous exchange Twitter barbs as Maryland Democratic governor's race heats up

Ben Jealous and Rushern L. Baker III exchange barbs over campaign financing as the Democratic race for governor heats up.

Former Baltimore Sen. Oaks re-registers to vote, making him technically eligible to serve if elected

Nathaniel Oaks, who resigned from his senate seat amid a federal corruption trial, is now eligible to serve as a senator if he wins this month's primary election. Oaks had revoked his voter registration in an unsuccessful effort to get his name off the ballot, but last week signed up to vote again.

Ben Jealous supporters spending nearly $1 million in Democratic race for Maryland governor

Unions, progressive groups and a political action committee supporting former NAACP chief Ben Jealous in the Democratic primary race for governor are putting nearly $1 million worth of television ads and get out the vote efforts behind his candidacy in the last two week's of the election.

Hogan officially launches re-election campaign, Democrats start counter-offensive

Popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan launched his 2018 reelection campaign with a rally in Annapolis Saturday, telling supporters that if his job approval rating is so high among Maryland residents voters should give him a second term.

Maryland governor candidate Krish Vignarajah commits to $200,000 TV ad buy

Krish Vignarajah commits to a $200,000 television ad buy, most of it in the Baltimore market.

Martin O'Malley endorses Rushern Baker in Democratic race for Maryland governor

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley will endorse Rushern Baker in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Democrats running for Maryland governor split on releasing tax returns

The seven leading Democratic contenders for Maryland governor are split on releasing their tax returns.

In several competitive Baltimore state senate races, challengers lead incumbents in fundraising

In several competitive Baltimore state senate races, challengers are leading incumbents in fundraising — some dramatically so — according to reports filed this week.

Hogan launches his fall re-election campaign on friendly turf of Hagerstown

Gov. Larry Hogan chose the friendly territory of Western Maryland to hold his first campaign rally of his campaign for re-election Saturday.

State Board of Elections: Issue with Vignarajahs' campaign loans resolved

The Maryland State Board of Elections says Maryland gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah and Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah have resolved issues concerning personal loans they made to boost their fundraising efforts.

Maryland Republican Gov. Hogan highlights 'bipartisanship' in second campaign ad

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan highlighted his ability to work with Democrats and said he's "fed up" with politics during his second television ad of the primary season.

'Take that, Trump': Maryland Democrat Madaleno features same-sex kiss in ad for governor's campaign

The theme of an ad for Rich Madaleno is 'Take that, Trump." It ends with what the campaign bill as the first same-sex kiss in a political ad.

Gov. Larry Hogan's health care ad paints D.C. as problem, bipartisanship (and himself) as the cure

Larry Hogan's new web-only health care ad paints Washington as the problem, and bipartisanship (and himself) as the solution.

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Madaleno kicks off Democratic primary ad season with positive TV spot

Getting a jump on his six Democratic rivals for Maryland governor, state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. is up with the first cable TV ad in the 2018 primary election campaign.

Ad watch: Democrat Rushern Baker makes big promises for Baltimore in governor's race

Democrat Rushern Baker, the Prince George's County executive, launched his television ads in the campaign for governor this week with a modest ad buy and two spots for Baltimore and Montgomery County voters.

Ad watch: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan inflates tax relief claims in campaign commercial

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's first campaign ad hits familiar tones - overstating his role in turning around the economy while reminding voters of the leadership he showed during the riots and character he showed during his fight with cancer.

Gubernatorial candidate Rich Madaleno begins cable TV campaign in Baltimore region

Rich Madaleno launches cable TV campaign in Baltimore region.

Maryland Republican Party releases video mocking Democratic field for governor ahead of first TV debate

“These debates should come with a viewer warning message; ‘Be advised prolonged exposure will result in extreme boredom and likely deep sleep,’” Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire said in a news release.

Jim Shea, Democratic candidate for governor, begins statewide ad campaign

A 60-second spot introduces Jim Shea — who is the former chairman of the state’s largest law firm but largely unknown outside the legal community — to voters.

Ben Jealous launches Baltimore television ads in campaign for governor

Democrat Ben Jealous on Tuesday became the first candidate running for governor to broadcast ads on all four major television stations in the Baltimore market, pitching himself as an accomplished activist.

Lone female candidate for Maryland governor breastfeeds her baby in online ad

Krish Vignarajah is the only woman running to be Maryland's next governor, and her first campaign ad opens with her breastfeeding her infant daughter. Vignarajah says, 'It's me owning the fact that I'm a woman."

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby releases her first TV commercial, "Fighter"

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby released Wednesday her first television ad, “Fighter.”

Ad watch: Brochin defends gun record, attacks Almond in Baltimore County executive race

State Sen. Jim Brochin’s newest television ad goes on the attack against one of his rivals in the Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive, County Councilwoman Vicki Almond.

Baltimore County executive race: Redmer attacks McDonough in new TV ad

State Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. began running TV ads Wednesday in the Republican primary race for Baltimore County executive.

Ad watch: Brochin TV ad in Baltimore County executive's race touts accomplishments

State Sen. Jim Brochin has a new television ad out in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive.

In TV ad, Johnny Olszewski Jr. says he’s 'the progressive Democrat' in Baltimore County executive race

Johnny Olszewski Jr. began airing his first ad Wednesday in the three-candidate race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County executive.

In ad, Vicki Almond says she would 'move Baltimore County forward' as executive

Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond is airing her first television ad in the race for the Democratic nomination for county executive.

A look at Jim Brochin's radio ad in Baltimore County executive race

Democrat Jim Brochin has launched a radio ad campaign in his effort to become the next Baltimore County executive.

Hogan appears with Baltimore County executive hopeful Redmer in digital ad targeting GOP voters

State Insurance Commissioner and Republican candidate for Baltimore County executive Al Redmer Jr. is continuing to play up his endorsement from Gov. Larry Hogan in a new digital ad.

Jim Brochin touts passage of serial rapist bill in new TV ad for Baltimore County executive

Jim Brochin touts sponsorship of serial rapist bill in ad for his Baltimore County executive race.

Gov. Hogan touts $15.2 million in state funding for Baltimore on visit to city

Gov. Larry Hogan came to Baltimore on Thursday to tout $15.2 million in state funding his administration has helped secure for violence prevention, education and transportation initiatives in Baltimore.

Baltimore state's attorney race heats up morning radio during second debate

The meeting was billed as an hour-long forum, but it became an open debate with the three candidates for Baltimore state's attorney sniping back and forth over their records. The high-profile race has escalated as the June 26 primary election draws near.

Valerie Ervin criticizes Ben Jealous as she supports Rushern Baker for Maryland governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rushern Baker announced Wednesday that former candidate Valerie Ervin was dropping out of the race and throwing her campaign's support behind Baker.

Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous releases plan for Maryland economy

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous unveiled a plan on Wednesday that offers an array of ideas for boosting the state’s economy, from raising the minimum wage, expanding high-speed internet access and supporting startup companies.

Baltimore state’s attorney candidate Ivan Bates under fire for claims he never lost a murder case

Baltimore state’s attorney candidate Ivan Bates is under attack from his two rivals over his repeated claim that he never lost a murder case as a city prosecutor.

Widow of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says politics intruded on family's mourning

The widow of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says her family has been caused "additional emotional pain" by a political consultant seeking her support for a county executive candidate while the family is in mourning.

Attacks fly in first three-way debate in Baltimore state's attorney race

With early voting starting next week, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby on Thursday is scheduled to face challengers Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah in the first debate of their race to be the city’s top prosecutor.

Baltimore County executive candidates outline visions in debate

Four of the leading candidates for Baltimore County executive outlined their visions for the county's future during a forum on Wednesday.

Ben Jealous rolling out celebrities, starting with Dave Chappelle, in bid to be Maryland governor

Ben Jealous, the former CEO of NAACP, plans to deploy star power during the final weeks of the Democratic campaign for governor.

Democrat and Republican Baltimore County executive hopefuls square off in Pikesville

The five leading candidates for Baltimore County executive shared a stage Wednesday night, as the Baltimore Jewish Council hosted a debate at a Pikesville synagogue.

Valerie Ervin continues to push to get her name on Maryland's Democratic ballot for governor

Speaking outside the Baltimore Board of Elections at midday Thursday, Ervin insisted the Maryland State Board of Elections is wrong.

Baltimore County executive politics intrudes on gun control discussion at council meeting

Election-year politics burst out at the Baltimore County Council meeting Tuesday as two Democratic candidates seeking to be the next county executive offered support for a gun control bill sponsored by their common rival: Councilwoman Vicki Almond. 

Maryland Gov. Hogan, mostly quiet during Democratic primary, to launch major counter-offensive

Popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appears to be coasting through the Democratic primary season. But behind the scenes, he’s also been planning a big, expensive counter offensive.

In Baltimore County executive race, McDonough pushes English as official language

The longtime Republican lawmaker has previously advocated the idea of making English the state’s official language. Now he is pushing the idea locally in the GOP primary campaign for county executive.

McDonough files ethics complaint against Redmer in GOP race for Baltimore County executive

State Del. Pat McDonough says he has filed an ethics complaint against state Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr., his opponent in the Republican primary race for Baltimore County executive.

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin accuses Ben Jealous of costing her job

Valerie Ervin accuses fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous of costing her the job she held before joining the ticket of the late Kevin Kamenetz.

Democrats running for Maryland governor pledging to support a state individual mandate for health care

The seven major Democrats running for Maryland governor have all signed a pledge to support a plan to shore up Obamacare if they are elected, health care advocates said Wednesday.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reports having a $9 million campaign chest, far outpacing Democrats

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford will report Tuesday that they raised more than $1 million in about a month this spring, bringing their campaign cash more than $9 million — far more than their Democratic challengers.  

Valerie Ervin to run for Maryland governor in place of late running mate Kevin Kamenetz

Democrat Valerie Ervin has elected to run in the place of her deceased running mate, Kevin Kamenetz. She picked former Baltimore County School Board member Marisol Johnson as running mate.

With Baltimore votes up for grabs, Maryland gubernatorial candidate Baker issues plan for city

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker on Wednesday became the first Democrat in the race for governor to release a plan tailored to helping Maryland's largest and most-troubled city.

Kevin Kamenetz's death will dramatically shake up Maryland governor's race

Before he suddenly died early Thursday, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was a leading contender in the crowded Democratic primary race for governor. His absence will shake up the race.

Kevin Kamenetz's sudden death ends steady rise in Baltimore County, Maryland politics

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz spent nearly three decades building a strong Democratic political base only to have it cut down by his sudden death of cardiac arrest. His death will transform the Maryland governor's race.

Challengers to Baltimore senators could bring energy — but also a loss of clout for city in Annapolis

Challengers to Baltimore’s incumbent state senators are promising to bring change and new energy to the city’s representation in Annapolis. But Democratic leaders warn that such an outcome could further diminish the city’s political clout in the General Assembly.

Ben Jealous releases plan for statewide 'Medicare for all'

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous calls for a statewide single-payer health care system.

Backed by Bernie Sanders, Ben Jealous calls for free college tuition in Maryland

Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, joined at a rally by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, called on Maryland Monday to provide free community college for state students as part of a broader plan to make higher education more accessible.

Maryland governor candidate Jim Shea releases tax returns, showing he paid $4.7M in taxes

Lawyer Jim Shea, the former chairman of the state’s largest law firm, on Friday became the second candidate for Maryland governor to release his tax returns — reporting that he has both earned millions in income and paid millions in taxes in recent years.

Affordable housing quota is increasing in Baltimore County. Will the next county executive keep the promise?

In suburban Baltimore County, the issue of making affordable housing available to more families looms large, as tougher requirements from the federal government are about to kick in and the county prepares for new political leadership.

In Towson, Hogan shows support for Redmer's GOP bid for Baltimore County executive

Gov. Larry Hogan joined state Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. in downtown Towson on Tuesday to support Redmer’s campaign for Baltimore County executive, appearing with him on a tour of small businesses.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby irks opponents with tactic she once criticized: delaying debates

With the June primary election coming, Marilyn Mosby's two Democratic challengers are watching time run out for a chance to confront her on her record.­ She has declined at least two debates.

Baltimore County FOP endorses Vicki Almond for county executive

Baltimore County's police officers are supporting Democrat Vicki Almond in the race for county executive.

Democratic candidates for Maryland governor struggle to break away from pack at GBC forum

The seven Democratic contenders for their party's nomination for governor struggled Thursday night to differentiate themselves from the herd. Nobody clearly succeeded.

GOP candidates for Baltimore County executive discuss crime, schools

Crime and public education were among the top issues Tuesday night as the two Republican candidates for Baltimore County executive faced off at an Essex forum.

Poll: Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is favored over Democratic candidates

Gov. Larry Hogan, widely perceived by Marylanders as a moderate, is dominating all of his prospective Democratic rivals by double digits in a Goucher Poll released Tuesday.   

Baltimore County executive candidates make pitch to development industry

In Baltimore County, growth and development are among the toughest issues handled by county government. Four of the leading candidates for county executive spoke before a crowd of more than 100 real estate agents, builders and mortgage professionals on Tuesday.

Can powerful state Sen. Joan Carter Conway be defeated? Del. Mary Washington thinks so

For years, capable opponents have tried to unseat North Baltimore’s powerful state Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who has held office for more than two decades. None — including City Councilman Bill Henry — have come close. But Del. Mary Washington thinks this year will be different.

Maryland governor candidate Madaleno releases tax returns, challenges other candidates to do same

Montgomery County State Sen. Rich Madaleno released six years of his tax returns Tuesday night, and challenged fellow Democrats and Gov. Larry Hogan to do the same.

On 4/20, Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor push plans to legalize marijuana

Several of the Democrats running for governor promise to legalize (and tax) recreational marijuana if elected.

6 takeaways from Maryland governor's race forum on the environment

With less than 10 weeks to go until the June 26 primary election, leading candidates for Maryland governor are hitting the forum circuit hard. Last night, seven Democrats and one Green Party member were in front of a packed crowd at the Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore.

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Rich and powerful choose sides in Maryland governor's race

Rich and powerful choose sides in Maryland governor's race