Big endorsement expected in crowded Democratic Md. gov. primary race

WASHINGTON — Election Day is Tuesday in the neck and neck Virginia governor’s race, which has been front and center in the news. But in the Maryland governor’s race, a big endorsement is expected Friday.

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is expected to endorse Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Currently, there are eight candidates vying for that nomination including Baker.

The other nominees are former NAACP president Ben Jealous, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, consulting firm owner Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, State Sen. Richard Madaleno, attorney Jim Shea, tech entrepreneur Alec Ross and Krishanti Vignarajah, a former policy aide to Michelle Obama.

On the Republican side, current Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to run for re-election.

The governor’s race is Nov. 26, 2018, with the primaries to be held in June.

Last year in the primary senate race to fill Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat — who retired — Baker had endorsed Van Hollen over then-Rep. Donna Edwards, who is from Prince George’s County.

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