Primaries Tuesday will help decide balance of power

By Timothy Cama | 05/14/2024 06:29 AM EDT

Voters will set high-stakes contests in Maryland and West Virginia.

Maryland election signs.

Signs outside an early-voting center on May 9 in Rockville, Maryland. Robert Yoon/AP

Maryland Democrats will pick their nominee in the state’s high-profile Senate race, which is likely to be highly competitive and help decide who runs Washington next year.

Primaries for West Virginia House and Senate seats are unlikely to yield surprises but are also among the most watched this election cycle.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Rep. David Trone have emerged as the leading Democratic contenders to succeed Maryland’s current senior senator, Ben Cardin, who is retiring.


Cardin is one of Congress’ biggest champions of the Chesapeake Bay, so both hopefuls have emphasized the work they would do to fill his shoes.