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Former NAACP President Jealous wins Maryland gubernatorial primary

By Ovetta Wiggins, Arelis R. Hernández and Robert McCartney,

Ben Jealous, a former NAACP president embraced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, decisively defeated Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III for the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nomination Tuesday in a major victory for the party’s progressive wing.

In a victory speech at an African American museum in Baltimore, Jealous, 45, lashed out at Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who he called a “gimmick governor,” and said he is not daunted by the incumbent’s record-high approval ratings.

“We will beat Larry Hogan the same way we won the primary,” Jealous said in an interview Wednesday morning. “Talking to everyone, in every corner of this state, about kitchen-table issues.”


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