What to Know in Washington: Maryland Suburbs Flex Election Clout

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Baltimore has long been the powerhouse of Maryland Democratic politics, home to prominent figures such as retiring Sen. Ben Cardin.

The leading candidates to replace Cardin next year, though, reside south of the aging industrial aging city, in the booming and increasingly diverse counties that abut Washington D.C.

Shifting demographics increasingly have made the suburbs a focus in presidential and statewide races across the nation. In the 2024 campaign cycle, the political importance of suburbia is on display in Maryland, where candidates from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will dominate the primaries in the overwhelmingly Democratic state.

“It used to be thought of as Baltimore City being the official pockets and base of the Democratic Party in the state,” said political strategist Ray Glendening. “Now, I would without a doubt want to be from Prince George’s or Montgomery County if I was putting together the ideal candidate to run for a statewide race.”

The growing political prominence of the suburbs in Democratic politics comes as communities closest to city lines increasingly attract minority residents, said Karyn Lacy of the University of Michigan.

Black residents now make up 59% of Prince George’s County, surpassing the percentage of Black residents in the city of Baltimore, according to 2020 Census figures. Montgomery County, which long had a reputation as an affluent largely white suburb, is now 41% white, with Black and Hispanic populations increasing.

Prince George’s and Montgomery grew by a combined 190,000 residents between 2010 and 2020, according to the Census. “There’s just a ton of voters there and it’s almost entirely Democratic,” Glendening said.

Recent races in Maryland back that up. In the 2022 gubernatorial primary, a combined 40% of the vote came out of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, while 27% came from the city of Baltimore and the surrounding county. Read the full story from Amelia Davidson.


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