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Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen wins primary months after minor stroke

Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen defeated his challenger, Michelle Smith, in Maryland’s primary election this Tuesday, and will run for reelection in the November midterms.

Smith, a little-known economic analyst, challenged Van Hollen for the seat, which he has held since 2017. She received 21.3 percent of the vote, while Van Hollen received 78.7 percent. Van Hollen is heavily favored to win the midterm election and remain in office, as he faces off with Republican Chris Chaffee

Van Hollen recently suffered a minor stroke while he was giving a public address at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit. According to Van Hollen, he felt his ears begin to pop and became light-headed, as his neck began throbbing. He was later diagnosed with a small venous bleed in the brain and given a “great” prognosis by his medical team. He spent a week in the hospital before being released.

In another, more hotly-contested Maryland race, several Republicans vied for the chance to replace Republican Governor Larry Hogan. Trump-endorsed candidate Dan Cox clinched the Republican primary on Tuesday, while the Democratic primary winner has yet to be finalized.

At the time of this article, best-selling author Wes Moore was leading the Democratic race for governor with 34.9 percent of the vote, ahead of former US labor secretary Tom Perez.

Hogan’s exit from the Maryland governorship has spurred rumors of his plans to run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. While Hogan has not officially announced any plans to run for president in the next general election, he has commented on the matter recently.

In an interview with Fox News, Hogan hinted at a possible run, saying he will enter the presidential race if he believes “there’s a possible road to victory, that there’s a lane and I have an opportunity.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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