Cox wins among Republicans in MARYLAND
Dan Cox, a far-right state lawmaker backed by former President Donald Trump, won Maryland’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, beating a more moderate challenger backed by outgoing Governor Larry Hogan.
Cox will face the winner of the disputed Democratic primary in the general election on Tuesday, November 8. Wes Moore, a successful writer backed by Oprah Winfrey, appeared to be in the lead Tuesday night, followed by former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, as attention turned to the 200,000 mail-in ballots that would not be counted. but until Thursday.
Although it was a point for Trump, Cox’s victory over former Hogan aide Kelly Schulz could deal a blow to Republican chances of keeping the state in November.
Hogan, barred by election law from running for a third consecutive term, was a rare Republican governor in a Democratic-majority state, and had cast Schulz as the successor to his bipartisan style of government.
Cox has been a thorn in Hogan’s side for the past several years. In the early days of the pandemic, he challenged the governor’s lockdown measures and then unsuccessfully tried to remove him over COVID-19 orders that Cox called “restrictive and lengthy.”
In his celebratory speech Tuesday night, Cox alluded to his clashes with Hogan, telling an enthusiastic crowd that “we will never again hand over our bodies, our churches and our businesses to a state of confinement.”
The Republican primaries were considered an indirect fight between Trump and Hogan, who showed very different visions of the future of the party and were considering running for president in 2024. Hogan, one of the main critics of Trump within the Republican party, urged the party to leave behind his divisive politics, while Trump has spent much of his time after leaving the presidency promoting candidates who defend his lies about a stolen election in 2020.