Maryland election 2022: Edwards and Ivey headline House primary ballot

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Primary voters in Maryland will make their choice for Congress on Tuesday, in a midterm election year in which the slim majority of House Democrats is at stake and every seat counts. But the most publicized race on the ballot is in deep blue territory.

Former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, seeking to return to her former seat in the state’s 4th congressional district, has been locked in a bitter confrontation with the former Prince George’s County state’s attorney , Glenn Ivey, who has attracted millions of dollars in outside spending. The race has become an example of the unchecked influence that national special interest groups can wield in politics, even though voters in the 4th District, rooted in Prince George’s, said they focused largely on local issues regarding public safety and gun violence and also the cost of living in a struggling economy.

A new super-PAC affiliated with the pro-Israel American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, which backed Ivey, spent nearly $6 million against Edwards, flooding the airwaves with ads disparaging his constituent services during his tenure. Edwards has sought to overcome these attacks by leveraging her reputation as a four-term Liberal congresswoman with the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has championed Edwards as “one of the most effective legislators ” during his tenure in Congress.

Donna Edwards wants her MD seat back. Glenn Ivey gets in the way.

Former Delegate Angela Angel (D-Prince George’s) and several others are also seeking the nomination for the 4th District seat, which opened up because Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) decided to run for the place as State Attorney General.

The results of this race and others, however, may not arrive for days after the election because Maryland law does not allow poll workers to begin counting the hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots from the state before Thursday. Even then, it could take several more or more days for workers to finish counting them by hand, state election officials said.

Maryland’s other six incumbent Democrats are on the ballot but do not face competitive primary challengers. Neither did U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

The only Republican in the state’s congressional delegation, Rep. Andy Harris, is unopposed in his 1st District primary. But two Democrats, former delegate Heather Mizeur and former U.S. Foreign Service officer Dave Harden, are running for the right to challenge Harris, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, in November. This race is expected to be a tough one for Democrats in the solidly entrenched Red District on the East Coast.

The Republicans’ most exciting game is unfolding in western Maryland’s 6th congressional district, which political observers see as Maryland’s GOP’s best chance of returning a red seat. Several Republicans are squaring off Tuesday for the chance to challenge Rep. David Trone (D-Md.), the co-founding mogul of Total Wine & More, who contributed $12 million to his own campaign.

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Of the. Neil Parrott (R-Washington County), the top-funded Republican candidate, seeks revenge against Trone, after losing to him by about 20 points in 2020. The recent redistricting has left the district much redder, losing more blue areas closer to DC and adding all of Frederick County; FiveThirtyEight rates it as a “twist,” while Cook’s political report skews him toward the Democrats. Parrott has himself, in part, to thank for the more favorable card: He had been crusading against gerrymandering in Maryland for the past decade and finally won in court this year.

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But Parrott — a social conservative known for leading petition campaigns to repeal laws protecting same-sex marriage and abolishing the death penalty — found fierce competition in the GOP primary against a little-known 25-year-old former conservative journalist. , Matthew Foldi. In the final weeks of the race, Foldi received a boost from high-profile endorsements that spanned the GOP, ranging from Gov. Larry Hogan to Donald Trump Jr. to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California).

Foldi has indicated that if elected, he wants to continue investigating Democrats like he did for the Washington Free Beacon. In that campaign, as Politico recounted, Foldi trolled Trone by showing up at some of his part-time offices in the districts on days they are closed and accusing Trone of slacking off.

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Foldi’s campaign platform has focused on securing the border, “crushing” the Chinese Communist Party and “unleashing” American energy, as well as parental rights in schools.

Air Force veteran Mariela Roca and several other Republicans are also seeking the 6th District GOP nomination.

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