Maryland Politics Rep. Jamie Raskin Endorses Alsobrooks in High-Stakes Md. Senate Race

WASHINGTON POST: Democrats are eager to hold the reliably blue seat against a threat from Republican Larry Hogan, the former governor.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) weighed in on Maryland’s closely watched U.S. Senate contest Monday, endorsing Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (D) over Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) in the May 14 primary — but also vowing to help keep the typically blue seat out of Republican hands, regardless of the winner.

“Who do we want on the floor of the U.S. Senate defending women’s right to choose? I want Angela Alsobrooks,” Raskin said. “Who do we want defending the right of the people to vote? I want Angela Alsobrooks. This is not a time anyone can afford to sit on the sidelines.”

Maryland has not sent a Republican to the Senate since 1980, but with control of the chamber in play and a formidable Republican as the likely nominee, the contest has higher stakes this year.

In an interview, Raskin said he will work to help any Democrat who wins the primary and faces the likely GOP nominee, former governor Larry Hogan, in November.

“If Larry Hogan were to go to the Senate, he’d be another brick in the wall for Donald Trump and his party,” Raskin said in a video announcing his endorsement.

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