Who is Angela Alsobrooks? The Maryland Democrat faces Larry Hogan this fall The former two-term governor's win in Tuesday's primary gives Republicans a chance at a Senate seat in deep blue state. Hogan will face Democrat and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.

Maryland Democrats pick Angela Alsobrooks to take on Hogan for open U.S. Senate seat

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Maryland has been a reliably Democratic state where Republicans think they have a shot this fall to help them capture the U.S. Senate. Maryland's Senate race is set, and the Republican candidate is an ex-governor who figured out a way to win in Maryland in the past. Here's Matt Bush of our member station WYPR.

MATT BUSH, BYLINE: Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has crafted a national profile of a moderate Republican on the political talk show circuit. After winning the GOP nomination Tuesday, he was quick to embrace his moderate reputation again, noting his time as governor and his father, a Republican congressman, who was the first member of his party to call for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.


LARRY HOGAN: Washington is completely broken because that kind of leadership, that kind of willingness to put country over party has become far too rare. And America is at a dangerous, critical crossroads.

BUSH: Hogan's candidacy gives Republicans their best chance to win a Senate seat in Maryland for the first time since 1980, in part because of his name recognition and popularity as governor, but also because the Democratic primary was expected to be very close between two candidates hailing from the state's Washington, D.C. suburbs. But Angela Alsobrooks ended up winning quickly Tuesday, topping Congressman David Trone, who spent more than $60 million of his own money on his campaign.


ANGELA ALSOBROOKS: I thank him so much for his call. I want you to know that we are united in our focus to keep the Senate blue.


ALSOBROOKS: And I am so grateful to have his support.

BUSH: Alsobrooks is the county executive of Prince George's County, the state's second-largest, with almost a million residents. If she wins, she'll be only the third Black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate and the first from Maryland.


ALSOBROOKS: So for anyone - hear me - who has ever felt counted out, overlooked and underestimated, I hope you understand and share this moment and know that the impossible is still possible.

BUSH: Speaking in Baltimore, Trone urged his supporters to back Alsobrooks, saying control of the Senate is too important for Democrats to lose. Polls show a tight race, though the final two done before the primary showed Alsobrooks with a 9-to-10-point lead over Hogan. Even with that margin, it makes Maryland's Senate election national news for the first time in decades.

For NPR News, I'm Matt Bush in Baltimore.


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