Candidates face off in Maryland primaries

Candidate Gregg Bernstein (left), Incumbent Patricia Jessamy

Candidate Gregg Bernstein (left), Incumbent Patricia Jessamy

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It’s primary election day in Maryland.

Candidates for offices at almost every level — from local sheriffs to the state legislature to governor — are vying for their parties’ nominations for the Nov.2 general election.

One of the more competitive and high-profile primaries has been for Baltimore City state’s attorney, where 15-year incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy is battling challenger Gregg L. Bernstein for the Democratic nomination.

The Daily Record will be following this primary closely and will report the results when they are available.

Other major primary races on Tuesday:

– Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich is going up against Sarah Palin-backed Brian Murphy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The winner is expected to take on Martin O’Malley, who faced little opposition for the Democratic nomination.

– U.S. Rep. and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer faces a primary election for his seat in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. Challenging Hoyer are Former Defense Department budget analyst Sylvanus Bent and graduate student Andrew Gall.

– A crowded field of Republicans is competing for the chance to take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is seeking her fifth term.

– Three Republicans are vying to take on Comptroller Peter Franchot, the Democratic incumbent, who had no primary challenger.

AP Wires contributed to this story.

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