Baltimore a key battleground for Maryland Senate primary

AP News
Posted: Apr 18, 2016 2:41 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — As Baltimore continues to heal from the turmoil of last year's rioting, the city has become a key battleground in Maryland's Democratic Senate primary where a black woman and a white man are competing for the nomination.

Top Democrats in Washington and even the White House have taken the unusual step of weighing in on the election contest, in which crime and gun control have been a hot issue.

The campaign between Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Donna Edwards includes strong components of gender and race. A super PAC ad depicted Van Hollen as soft on guns, which the congressman was quick to denounce.

Neither candidate is very well known in Baltimore, an overwhelmingly Democratic city with a black population of about 63 percent. Both have campaigned extensively there.