Trump-backed election denier wins Maryland GOP governor primary

by | Jul 20, 2022 | World

Democrats hope nomination of Dan Cox, whom they describe as ‘too extreme’, will help them in Democratic-leaning state.Donald Trump-backed state legislator Dan Cox has won the Republican nomination for governor, defeating Kelly Schulz, a former state official who was endorsed by current Governor Larry Hogan – a Trump critic.
Hogan, a moderate Republican, won two gubernatorial terms in Maryland, a Democratic-leaning state that favoured President Joe Biden over Trump by more than 33 percentage points in the 2020 elections.
Many commentators predicted that Cox’s nomination on Tuesday will be a blow to Republicans’ hopes of retaining the governorship in Maryland because of his far-right views, including backing Trump’s false election fraud allegations.
In fact, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) may have helped Cox defeat Schulz by running ads during the primary season portraying him as a right-wing Trump loyalist. Several US media outlets reported that the DGA spent more than $1m on such ads.
“Basically, you give an assist to the candidate you want to run against by attacking them as being too conservative or too Trumpy – and, in doing so, you raise their profile and increase their appeal to the GOP MAGA base,” the Politico Playbook newsletter said in Tuesday’s edition, co-authored by Ryan Lizza and Eugene Daniels.
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The DGA was quick to release an advertisement on Wednesday, calling Cox “too extreme for Maryland”.
Cox has been enthusiastically backing the unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen. According to media reports, he organised buses to the January 6, 2021 Trump rally in Washington, DC, that took place …

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