State Roundup: Close races still to be determined

State Roundup: Close races still to be determined

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks speaks at Wes Moore's victory announcement last Saturday. Alsobrooks helped Moore get 47% of the vote in Prince George's, which amounted to 29% of the vote he got statewide. photo by Len Lazarick

HANNA EXPECTED TO DROP OUT OF CITY PROSECUTOR RACE: Defense attorney and former prosecutor Roya Hanna is ending her independent candidacy for Baltimore state’s attorney, all but ensuring Democratic nominee Ivan Bates will become the city’s next elected prosecutor. Alex Mann/Baltimore Sun

  • The two candidates running for Baltimore City State’s Attorney will be holding a joint news conference Friday morning in a show of “unity” as Hanna plans to drop out and support Bates. Twice last week, Hanna told WBAL NewsRadio she was staying in the race regardless of who her Democratic opponent would be. Robert Lang/WBAL NewsRadio
  • Bates won last week’s primary with 41% of the vote, to defeat rival Thiru Vignarajah and two-term incumbent Marilyn Mosby. No Republicans ran for the seat. Tim Prudente/Baltimore Banner

BALTIMORE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY TAKING TIME OFF:  Baltimore Count’s top prosecutor locked in a too-close-to-call election is taking time away, citing exhaustion. Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger has all but disappeared since the polls closed more than a week ago. Bryan Sears/Daily Record

  • Shellenberger is taking time off after his reelection effort, but is not stepping away from his role leading the county’s prosecutors and plans to return week after next, his office said Thursday. Alison Knezevich and Darcy Costello/The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE SHERIFF RACE DOWN TO THE WIRE: The race for Baltimore sheriff is coming down to the wire after four days of mail-in ballot and provisional vote counting have failed to produce a clear winner. Since last week, challenger Sam Cogen has maintained a narrow lead over his former boss, John Anderson, but with about 3,800 ballots left to count, the race remains too close to call. Cogen said Thursday he feels confident, but he will wait until all votes are counted before claiming victory. Emily Opilo/Baltimore Sun

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SEAT RESULT BREAKDOWN: All 188 seats in the General Assembly also are up for grabs as elections workers count votes, with Baltimore city and county resuming Friday after a break Thursday. Here’s a district-by-district look at where things stood as of Thursday among House and Senate races in Baltimore City and County, and a peek at who’s running in November. Hannah Gaskill/Baltimore Sun

ANNE ARUNDEL TO CERTIFY RESULTS: Elections officials in Anne Arundel plan to certify results of last week’s primary election Friday after canvassers complete their final count of mail-in ballots, settling tight races more than a week after Election Day. Dan Belson/Capital Gazette

MOCO CONTINUES TO COUNT: Montgomery County election officials plan to continue counting ballots into the weekend, with thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots in the gubernatorial primary left to count before a winner can be named in the Democratic primary for county executive and other local races. Karina Elwood/Washington Post

NONBINARY CANDIDATE COULD SERVE ON CENTRAL COMMITTEE: Tia Hopkins, 33, a lifelong resident of West Baltimore, is attempting to make history as the first openly nonbinary candidate elected to the Democratic Central Committee, which is the governing body of the Maryland Democratic Party. Hopkins made a strong showing but the election results are not final yet. John-John Williams IV/Baltimore Banner

WHERE DID THE VOTES FOR MOORE, COX COME FROM? Looking at votes in the gubernatorial primaries, the Democratic nominee was successful in key areas of the state, while Republican Dan Cox did well across the board. Democratic nominee Wes Moore dominated where it mattered most. His strongest showing was in Prince George’s, a majority-Black county that makes up the largest pool of Democratic voters in the state. Representing 21% of all votes cast in the primary, it was the largest prize in the race, and Moore won it handily with 47% of the vote, while rival Tom Perez did well in Montgomery County. Sam Janesch/Baltimore Sun

COMMENTARY: ‘CITY OF BROKEN WINDOWS:’ The day after he allegedly killed a motorist at an intersection near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, one of the city’s numberless “squeegee workers” turned 15. A week later he was arrested and charged as an adult with first-degree murder. The chief economist for the Maryland Public Policy Institute writes that in this tragic story there is much to learn about America’s ideological divide and political dysfunction, and how these forces are accelerating the decline of some of its once-great cities. Stephen J.K. Walters/City Journal

‘SQUEEGEE KID’ ALLEGATIONS, POLICY DEBATE CONTINUES:  Debate over how to address “squeegee kids” continues in Baltimore. One man says he was confronted by an armed squeegee worker Wednesday. And another story of terror with a squeegee kid accused of attacking a driver, breaking her windows, with her one-year-old child inside the car. Keith Daniels/WBFF

  • As city leaders scramble to get Baltimore’s squeegee situation under control, one councilman’s pitch to pay them cash through a universal basic income program is stirring controversy. Rebecca Pryor/WBFF

D.C. MAYOR ASKS FOR NATIONAL GUARD HELP AS MIGRANTS BUSSED IN: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked federal authorities for National Guard help in handling the migrants being bused to the city from the states along the southern border with Mexico, according to a new report by WRC-TV. Matt Delaney/Washington Times

  • Bowser labeled the issue as a “humanitarian crisis,” and National Guard transportation assets to shuttle migrants “to a temporary processing center at the D.C. Armory or another suitable federal location in the National Capital Region such as Joint Base Bolling or Fort McNair for reception and eventual onward movement to their final destinations.” She is also asking the federal government to be involved to deal with the situation that she expects to escalate further. Tadiwos Abedje/WTOP

ICE DETAINEES BEING SENT OUT OF STATE AFTER NEW MD LAW: In Annapolis last year, immigrant advocacy groups hailed the passage of the Dignity Not Detention Act – a measure that would end private detention in local Maryland jails by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with the intent of reducing ICE’s enforcement within Maryland. But many immigration attorneys say that ICE is instead transferring detainees to other facilities, and that new detainees immediately get taken out of state. The practice is further separating detainees from friends, family and quality legal counsel. Daniel Zawodny/Baltimore Brew

GROUP ASKS FEDS TO MOVE FORWARD MoCo HIGHWAY PROJECT: A group advocating for reconstruction of the aging American Legion Bridge and the addition of toll lanes along the Capital Beltway and I-270 is pushing back on critics’ questions about a new environmental review and urging the federal government to quickly green-light the project. Danielle Gaines/Maryland Matters

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY REPORT SHEDS LIGHT ON FIREFIGHTER DEATHS FROM VACANT HOUSE COLLAPSE: A recent safety inspection report from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health division, which investigates workplace injuries and deaths, offers new information about the minutes leading up to a vacant house collapse Jan. 24 that killed three firefighters, and a desperate effort by firefighters to dig their friends out of the rubble by hand. Lilly Price/Baltimore Sun

COMMENTARY: MD ‘LABORATORY OF CHANGE’ FOR NEW POLITICAL CENTER: Maryland should be moving toward a New Center. Our politics is extremely polarized, and we need a politics which respects the 30% to 50% of the country which does not align with pure versions of either the Republican or Democratic Party or extremist right-wing and left-wing perspectives. Dave Anderson/Maryland Matters

MDERS TO ADVISE WHITE HOUSE ON HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES: Two Marylanders are new members of a national board advising the White House on ways to support America’s historically Black colleges and universities. Monica Goldson, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Paige Blake, a rising senior at Bowie State University, were appointed to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities by President Joe Biden in March. Nene Narh-Mensah/Maryland Matters

About The Author

Meg Tully

Contributing Editor Meg Tully has been covering Maryland politics for more than five years. She has worked for The Frederick News-Post, where she reported during the General Assembly session in Annapolis. She has also worked for The (Hanover) Evening Sun and interned at Baltimore Magazine. Meg has won awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for her state and county writing, and a Keystone Press Award for feature writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you have additional questions or comments contact Meg at:

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