Wes Moore’s win in the July 19 primary ran right through the large suburb of Washington, D.C. It was aided by voters from the city where he lives, Baltimore, and those in Baltimore County, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis of unofficial election returns as of Thursday.
More than 2.2 million Maryland voters are registered Democrats, but two-thirds of them are packed into just four areas: Baltimore City and the counties of Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s.
Add in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, and you’re looking at four out of every five Democrats in the state. And where it mattered most, Moore dominated.
His strongest showing was in Prince George’s, a majority-Black county that makes up the largest pool of Democratic voters in the state. Representing 21% of all votes cast in the primary — the same portion of the state’s registered Democrats that live there — it was the largest prize in the race, and Moore won it handily with 47% of the vote. Perez won 21% of the county, Comptroller Peter Franchot won 17% and an additional 9% went to Rushern Baker, the county’s former executive, who stopped campaigning in early June.