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Who is Angela Alsobrooks? Maryland Democrat faces Larry Hogan this fall: NPR

In this file photo, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, center, listens during a hearing on a Maryland bill, January 23, 2020, in Annapolis, Maryland. After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Alsobrooks will face former Gov. Larry Hogan, the Republican. winner, in November.

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In this file photo, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, center, listens during a hearing on a Maryland bill, January 23, 2020, in Annapolis, Maryland. After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Alsobrooks will face former Gov. Larry Hogan, the Republican. winner, in November.

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Maryland Democrats chose Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks as the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s primary election, defeating a handful of Democrats including Rep. David Trone. His victory opens a crucial race for the party in its attempts to retain control of the House this fall.

Alsobrooks will face former Gov. Larry Hogan, who easily won the Republican nomination and gives the party its best chance to win a Senate seat in Maryland for the first time since 1980.

Outgoing senator Ben Cardin, 80, announced he would not seek a fourth term last year. That sparked a scramble within the Democratic Party to replace him, and Alsobrooks and Trone quickly rose to the top of the ticket. The winner of their showdown was expected to advance to the seat in the fall election.

Former Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan visits the Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville, Maryland, April 12. Hogan easily won the state’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.

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Former Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan visits the Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville, Maryland, April 12. Hogan easily won the state’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.

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But on Feb. 9, the final day of filing for the primary, Hogan announced he would seek the Republican nomination after consulting with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and former President George W. Bush. The popular 67-year-old governor, described as a moderate largely because of his criticism of former President Donald Trump, had previously shown no interest in the race, preferring to make noise about a possible candidacy in the presidential election.

Alsobrooks is in her second term as executive of Prince George’s County, a Washington DC suburb. She previously served as state’s attorney in the county, which is the second largest in population in the state. If elected, Alsobrooks, 52, would be only the third Black woman ever elected to the Senate and the first from Maryland. She had the support of most of the state’s Democratic leaders, including Gov. Wes Moore.

Trone invested a significant portion of his wealth in his Senate hopes, but failed to win. He is serving his third term in Congress, representing Maryland’s 6th District, which includes the westernmost part of the state. The 68-year-old is the co-founder of the national liquor store chain Total Wine and More and has primarily self-funded his campaign.

Polls had shown a close race, with Hogan benefiting from his statewide name recognition and popularity as governor. The most recent polls taken this month — by Public Policy Polling and Emerson College — show Hogan trailing the two leading Democrats by about ten percentage points, with about 15 percent of respondents in each poll undecided.

Charles Mathias is the last Republican to win a U.S. Senate race in Maryland, winning his third and final term in 1980. The closest the party has come to victory this century came in 2006, when Cardin won his first term by defeating then lieutenant governor and Michael Steele, future chairman of the Republican National Committee, 54 to 44 percent.

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