He stood before a sign reading “Trump Endorsed Dan Cox” as he declared victory, according to The Washington Post. “This is a fantastic night for freedom everywhere,” Cox said.
Trumps wins again!Dan Cox, winner of the Maryland nom for Governor, thanks President Trump.#DanCox #MarylandPrimary pic.twitter.com/I94uHNdlOQ — Sue Knows Best (@sues86453) July 20, 2022
“Every single one of you deserve this win tonight,” he said. “We will never again give over our bodies, our churches, and our businesses to a lockdown state.”
On the Democratic side, author Wes Moore was leading the field with 36.7 percent of the votes, but only with 61.1 percent of the vote counted. Tom Perez, who was the secretary of labor under former President Barack Obama and later head of the Democratic National Committee, was second at 27.4 percent. Peter Franchot, Maryland’s comptroller, was third at 19.6 percent. One wrinkle in the campaign was a massive advertising buy from the Democratic Governors Association that emphasized Cox’s ties to Trump in order to help him win the primary; Democrats view him as much easier to beat in November. “It’s unusual to see the DGA colluding with Trump to support the unelectable guy,” Hogan said, according to the Post. Fox News noted that the Democratic governors also supported a Trump-backed candidate — conservative state Sen. Doug Mastriano — in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial primary.
Trump has far more influence over Maryland republicans than hogan. I can tell you this as a Marylander who’s outside of the super left wing Baltimore/DC beltway. Only republicans who care what Hogan thinks are college kids trying to appease their leftist colleagues by moderating. https://t.co/t5JwwtlZJg— Jared Rabel (@JradRabel) July 20, 2022
Schulz predicted Cox would lose the general election by 30 percentage points, according to The New York Times. “The Maryland Republican Party got together and committed ritualized mass suicide,” said Doug Mayer, a senior aide to Schulz. “The only thing that was missing was Jim Jones and a cup of Kool-Aid.” Trump, however, celebrated the Cox victory. “Congratulations to Dan Cox,” he said in a post on Truth Social. “NBC Fake News just called the race, but in this case the reporting wasn’t Fake (for a change!).” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Hard to overstate the level of defeat suffered by the Maryland Republican establishment, and Larry Hogan, here. They were all behind Schulz, aware that she was their last, best hope.Trump is still a major force to be reckoned with in GOP primaries, especially open ones. — Max (@maxtmcc) July 20, 2022