What to Know in Washington: Md. Senate Race Could Make History

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Millions of dollars are about to be spent on a Senate contest that became competitive when Republicans coaxed their best-known Maryland politician into the race.

Former two-term Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will take on Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks in a race that could make her Maryland’s first Black senator and the fourth Black woman to serve in the Senate. Alsobrooks on Tuesday beat Rep. David Trone in the state’s Democratic primary.

Maryland hasn’t had a Republican senator in more than three decades. The retirement of Sen. Joe Manchin (D) in Republican-dominated West Virginia means that only one more GOP candidate would have to flip a Democratic-held seat for a change of majority in the Senate, so the Alsobrooks-Hogan matchup will be a priority for both parties, Zach C. Cohen reports. Read More

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Maryland Democratic candidate for Senate and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks high fives with Ryan Cunningham’s son outside a voting location Tuesday in Silver Spring, Md.

Over in West Virginia, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice all but clinched a seat in the Senate after winning his state’s Republican primary, the key contest in one of the nation’s most GOP-friendly states.

Justice is one of a handful of congressional candidates — including a state treasurer and a former federal prosecutor — who now can set their campaigns on cruise control after securing their nominations Tuesday.

Buoyed by early backing from former president Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Justice routed Rep. Alex Mooney and will be the heavy favorite to succeed retiring Sen. Joe Manchin, the lone statewide elected Democrat, Greg Giroux reports. Read More


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