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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Early voting is beginning in the Maryland primary.
 
Voting sites open Thursday across the state at about 80 different locations. They are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through next Thursday.
 
Voters are deciding who the candidates will be in November.
 
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan isn't facing a primary unchallenged. There are more than half a dozen candidates on the ballot for the Democratic nomination to challenge Hogan.
 

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LANGLEY PARK, Md. (AP) - Valerie Ervin has dropped out of the Maryland governor's race to endorse Rushern Baker in the Democratic primary.

Ervin made the announcement Wednesday in Langley Park with the Prince George's County executive, who is in a tight battle with former NAACP president Ben Jealous for the nomination.

Ervin says Baker is the candidate who has the experience to lead from the start.

Baker says the support of Ervin and her running mate Marisol Johnson is important, because their progressive agenda is grounded in real government experience.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Corey Stewart has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia and will face incumbent Tim Kaine in the November general election.

Stewart beat state lawmaker Nick Freitas and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson in Tuesday's race.

Stewart is a conservative provocateur who often feuds with members of his party. He's a one-time state chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and nearly won the 2017 Republican nomination for governor.

He has pledged to run a "vicious" campaign against Kaine.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Gov. Martin O'Malley is endorsing Rushern Baker in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor.

O'Malley said Thursday the Prince George's County executive has the integrity and ability to bring people together needed to be governor.

O'Malley, who served two terms, says he believes Baker is the candidate who is best able to "restore Maryland's leadership in public education and make our children winners in a changing economy."

O'Malley endorsed Baker at a news conference in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A candidate in Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial primary has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit over her eligibility.

Douglas Horn filed the suit Tuesday, alleging Krish Vignarajah doesn't meet a five-year residency requirement. Vignarajah registered to vote in Maryland in 2006, but voted in the state for the first time in 2016.

She's said Maryland has always been home, even when she worked in Washington, where she voted for four years.

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor are holding their second televised debate of the primary.

The debate hosted by Sinclair Broadcasting will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday on News Channel 8 in Washington, D.C., and Channel 54 in Baltimore.

All nine candidates are scheduled to attend.

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Democratic Gubernatorial contenders took aim at Republican Governor Larry Hogan during last night's candidate debate in Baltimore. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a wrap up the sharp words for the incumbent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor are holding their first debate.

The Maryland Public Television debate is scheduled for Monday in Baltimore at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. MPT is producing the debate in association with WBAL-TV.

Eight of the nine candidates are scheduled to attend. Ralph Jaffe will be represented by a pre-recorded segment.

The other candidates are Rushern Baker, Valerie Ervin, Ben Jealous, James Jones, Richard Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea and Krish Vignarajah.

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OWINGS MILL, Md. (AP) - A Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland has died.

News outlets cite a release from Baltimore County police that says Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz died early Thursday, following a cardiac arrest. He was 60.

The release says Kamenetz was at home in Owings Mill when he awoke around 2 a.m., complaining of felling ill. He was hospitalized at St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was declared dead at 3:22 a.m.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democrats in Maryland appear to be largely unified as the political party faces an uphill battle in ousting the state's Republican governor.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a lack of infighting among Democrats appears to be one of few bright spots for the party as a Nov. 6 gubernatorial election approaches.

The Sun says that Gov. Larry Hogan's robust approval ratings show little sign of crumpling. He hopes to become the first Republican governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954.

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