By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director
On Tuesday, July 21st, Marylanders went to the polls to vote in primary elections.
With Governor Larry Hogan (R) unable to run for reelection due to term limits, state lawmaker Dan Cox and Hogan’s former commerce secretary Kelly Schulz threw their hats in the ring to replace him. Cox, who was endorsed by Maryland Right to Life, was ultimately victorious. His campaign website summarizes his pro-life position in no uncertain terms, stating, “Dan Cox defends the unborn and promises to protect all life from conception until natural death.”
On the Democratic side, a close race is still playing out between top two finishers Tom Perez, the former DNC chair, and Wes Moore, an author backed by Oprah Winfrey. A winner may not be declared for days or even weeks. As reported by CNN, “According to Maryland’s Board of Elections, more than 508,000 people requested mail-in ballots – shattering previous records for primaries. Counties cannot begin counting those ballots until Thursday, and elections officials say some counties could still be counting mail-in ballots in the first week of August.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/19/politics/maryland-primary-election/index.html
Both Perez and Moore support a policy of abortion on demand, which would allow abortion for any reason, and they support using Marylanders’ tax dollars to pay for abortions.
The Cook Political Report rates the Maryland Governor’s Race as Solid Democrat. But then again, few expected Larry Hogan, a Republican, to win two governor races in a state with a political hew as blue as their crabs.
Maryland’s 1st Congressional District
Congressman Andy Harris (R), a co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, was unopposed in Tuesday’s primary but we know now that he will face pro-abortion Democrat Heather Mizeur in the general election. Mizeur supports abortion on demand for any reason, and she supports using tax dollars to pay for abortions.
Maryland’s 6th Congressional District
Pro-life state lawmaker Neil Parrott won a competitive Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District. Parrott was endorsed by Maryland Right to Life. In the general election, he will face off against pro-abortion incumbent Democrat David Trone in a newly configured 6th District that has become more competitive for Republicans after the state’s highly gerrymandered Congressional map was tossed out in court.