Former NAACP CEO and President Ben Jealous won the Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial Primary and will take on incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan in November’s election.
Jealous, a self-described progressive and grassroots organizer, defeated eight other candidates to win the Democratic Primary.
Jealous, a Baltimore native who has never held political office, defeated Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, attorney Jim Shea and former White House Policy Director Krish Vignarajah.
Jealous won 39.8 percent of the vote with 1974 of 1991 precincts reporting. Baker came in second with 29.3 percent of the vote, followed by Shea with 8.3 percent and Vignarajah with 8.2 percent.
Hogan won an uncontested Republican Primary and will face Jealous in November’s election.