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Kweisi Mfume

Why can't a black candidate win statewide office in so-called progressive Maryland?

Why can't a black candidate win statewide office in so-called progressive Maryland?

For all its progressiveness, Maryland once again wasn’t able to elect a black candidate to a statewide office this election cycle.

All kinds of reasons were thrown out for why Democrat Ben Jealous lost his gubernatorial bid, the latest in a line of black Democrats who over the years haven’t been able to garner enough votes across the state to declare victory. Remember Kweisi Mfume, Donna Edwards and Anthony Brown?

Mr. Jealous ran a bad campaign, some said. He was too progressive. He was a fine candidate and a heck of a guy, but Gov. Larry Hogan was just too good at building bridges across party lines.

While these all may be legitimate reasons to some extent, what no...

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