Jul 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump-backed Dan Cox wins Maryland GOP governor primary

Dan Cox, a candidate for the Maryland Republican gubernatorial nomination, speaks after his primary win in Emmitsburg on Tuesday. Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Dan Cox, a far-right state delegate endorsed by former President Trump, won Tuesday's Republican primary for Maryland governor, AP projects.

Why it matters: His victory over moderate Kelly Schulz, who was backed by Gov. Larry Hogan, is also a win for Democrats, who boosted Cox's conservative credentials before the primary.

  • It's one of several GOP primaries across the country in which Democrats have meddled on behalf of hard-right Republicans seen as easier general election targets than more moderate contenders, per Axios' Lachlan Markay.

What they're saying: "This is a fantastic night for freedom everywhere," Cox said in his victory speech, according to the Washington Post.

What's next: Cox will face off against the winner of the Democratic primary in the November election.

What we're watching: The mail ballots for the Democrats' gubernatorial primary will be counted later this week. However, the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed former Robin Hood Foundation CEO Wes Moore was ahead on Tuesday night, according to AP.

  • Former Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez is also running in the Democrats' competitive race.

Go deeper: GOP Gov. Larry Hogan says he will consider 2024 presidential run

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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