Primary voters decide big races in Maryland, West Virginia

By Timothy Cama | 05/15/2024 06:23 AM EDT

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — a leading opponent of federal climate action — is on track to become governor.

Angela Alsobrooks.

Maryland Democrat Angela Alsobrooks on Tuesday. She will take on former Gov. Larry Hogan in November. Andrew Harnik/Getty Images

Angela Alsobrooks defeated Rep. David Trone in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, which will help decide the balance of power on Capitol Hill next year.

The winner of the general election will succeed Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and champion for the Chesapeake Bay.

“What we know is that Maryland has been a blue state, but it will only stay a blue state if we put in the work,” said Alsobrooks, the Prince George’s County executive, during remarks Tuesday night.


Trone, who founded a major wine and liquor store chain, spent more than $60 million of his own money on the race. Polling ahead of the election had the candidates neck and neck.