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Bernie Sanders Acolyte Wins Dem Nomination in Maryland Gov. Race

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous defeated Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker in Maryland’s Democrat gubernatorial primary.

By NTK Staff | 06.27.2018 @10:15am
Bernie Sanders Acolyte Wins Dem Nomination in Maryland Gov. Race

Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president and surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 presidential campaign, defeated Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary in Maryland.

Jealous will now face one of the most popular incumbent governors in the country, Larry Hogan, who faced no opposition in the Republican primary.

In an Atlantic piece titled “Is Ben Jealous What Progressives Want?”, reporter Adam Serwer breaks down Jealous’s and Baker’s positions in the race:

Where Jealous is proposing sweeping policy changes like free state college tuition, single-payer health insurance and the legalization of marijuana, Baker’s plans are more modest—he wants to expand Maryland’s medical-marijuana system, and talks about reviving Baltimore’s Red Line transportation project, which was scrapped by Larry Hogan early in his term. Jealous tells the story of his family emerging from slavery to become activists, social workers, and educators, while Baker’s origin story is less sweeping—he was a military kid whose political awakening began with Richard Wright’s Black Boy, and who became a politician because he thought it was the best way to help people.

Ultimately, Maryland Democrats sided with Jealous, whose strategy was to run as far-left liberal a campaign as possible, in the hopes that it would pay off in true-blue Maryland.

Jealous’s bet is that by running as an unabashed progressive, he can generate enough enthusiasm from the Democratic base to overcome first his Democratic opponents and then the Republican incumbent.

 “We turn out the unlikely voters, we will wallop Hogan,” Jealous told me in an interview. “I’m in this to wallop Hogan.”

But “walloping” Hogan will be easier said than done. In a poll released earlier this month, 24 percent of Democrats – that’s Democrats – said they would support Hogan, a Republican, in November. That same poll also showed Hogan leading Jealous by a 12-point margin.

In April, another poll showed Hogan as the second-most popular governor in the nation, trailing only Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker. In that poll, Hogan earned 68-percent approval from Maryland voters.

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