MD Primary Delivers Wins, Losses and Surprises


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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and supporters cheer at his election watch party. Photo Courtesy/Facebook

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown prevailed in the 2014 Democratic primary race for the governor’s seat, defeating principal rivals Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur by wide margins. Sen. Brian Frosh, in something of an upset, won the Democratic primary for Attorney General over Delegates Jon Cardin and Aisha Braveboy.

Brown took the Democratic nomination for governor with 50.6 percent of the vote at press time, and will face the winner the Larry Hogan, the Republican primary winner in November. Gansler and Mizeur split the remaining votes securing 24.3 percent and 22.1 percent respectively.

Frosh, who was polling behind Cardin leading up to the primary, secured the Democratic nomination for Attorney General with 48.3 percent of the vote. A {Washington Post} poll released June 11 had the race up for grabs showing a full 30 percent of likely voters had yet to make up their mind about any of the three candidates (Frosh, Cardin, and Braveboy) running for the Democratic nomination. Frosh faces Republican nominee Jeffrey Pritzker who ran unopposed. Cardin and Braveboy ended the night with 31.2 percent and 20.4 percent respectively.

At the University of Maryland young supporters Mariama Sall Marima BahBassin Sall and Oumou Sall show their support for Brown

At the University of Maryland young supporters Mariama Sall Marima BahBassin Sall and Oumou Sall show their support for Brown.  Photo by LaTrina Antoine

In Baltimore City, political newcomer Marilyn Mosby managed to wrest the Democratic nomination for State’s Attorney from incumbent Gregg Bernstein. Mosby was ahead with 54.7 percent of the vote at press time. Another newcomer in Baltimore City, Antonio Hayes, helped upset incumbent Delegate Shawn Tarrant in the 40th legislative district, by taking 18.9 percent of the votes. The other two nominations for the district went to incumbent Delegates Frank Conaway Jr. and Barbara Robinson 16.6 percent and 16 percent respectively.

For purposes of the Maryland House of Delegates, the 44th legislative district, located in Baltimore City, was redistricted into two separate districts, 44a and 44b. The three incumbent delegates from what was previously district 44, ran against each other for district 44a’s single seat. Delegate Keith Haynes defeated Delegates Keiffer Mitchell Jr. and Melvin Stukes, garnering 43.6 percent of the vote to Mitchell’s 39.4 percent and Stukes’s 17 percent.

In the 45th District, also in Baltimore City, incumbent Sen. Nathaniel McFadden easily defeated challenger Julius Henson for the Democratic nomination to the Maryland Senate, winning 80.6 percent to 19.4 percent. Henson was convicted of violating election law in 2012. In February a judge ruled Henson’s candidacy for the senate seat violated the terms of his probation, but later vacated the ruling.

Because this is the first time for a June primary in Maryland, held during a period when many Marylanders go on vacation, some concerns were raised about voter turnout. As of 11:55 p.m. Tuesday night, 566,565 total votes (including early voting) had been cast in the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor according to unofficial return figures on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. That is on par with the 569,255 votes cast in the 2012 primary, a presidential election year, but well short of the 761,413 votes cast in the 2010 primary.

In Baltimore City, some voters expressed exasperation with the voting process they feel rarely pays dividends for the city and its residents. Thomas Hill, 62, told the AFRO that “I voted simply because I think it’s the civic thing to do.” Hill feels that very little has changed for the better in Baltimore over the course of his 62 years, and that corporate interests dominate the state’s politicians.

Rosa Scruggs, 45, was still undecided as she headed into the polls on E. 25th and Barclay, saying she was voting more because of the symbolic importance of the act. “It isn’t going to change anything,” said Scruggs. “They always say they’re going to do stuff and they never do it anyway.”

Anita Hannon, a federal employee and Prince George’s County resident praised Brown at his watch party in College Park.

 

“I do think he’s a visionary and has a solid plan for this state, and he knows how to execute,” she said.

AFRO Staff writer LaTrina Antoine contributed to this report.

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