Obama suffers political defeat in Maryland

This one must have been a huge blow to former President Barrack Obama’s ego.

Fox News reports that Obama’s candidate, Tom Perez, has officially lost Maryland’s gubernatorial primary. 

The race

The candidate whom Perez lost to is Wes Moore, a veteran and a best-selling author.

The polls closed last Tuesday, and, three days later, Moore was declared the victor of the stacked field, which included Perez and other high-profile Democrats.

Moore, himself, did have the support of several high-ranking Democrats, including Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD). He also received support from Oprah Winfrey, who held at least one fundraiser for him.

Now, Moore will be facing off against Republican Dan Cox, who won the GOP primary. Cox has received the all-important endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Experts, nonetheless, believe that Cox is the underdog even though Maryland has voted for a Republican – Larry Hogan – in the previous two gubernatorial elections. This isn’t that big of a surprise considering that the state has voted Democrat in presidential elections for decades – President Joe Biden received 65% of the vote in 2020.

Background

Obama, as far as we know, did not explicitly endorse Perez in the race. Several other high-profile Democrats did, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

But, Perez was the Obama administration’s Labor Secretary, and Obama has praised him in the past. So, there is no reason to believe that Obama would not and did not support Perez’s campaign, at the very least indirectly.

That being said, this is all somewhat beside the point. The point is that Perez was a member of the Obama administration, and, as such, he clearly thought that this would have helped to propel him to victory in the race – he even used an archived clip from Obama’s administration in advertisements. But, the simple fact is that his association with Obama wasn’t enough to propel him to victory.

This suggests that Obama’s name recognition might not mean as much as it used to mean. It certainly is not on par with former President Trump’s name recognition – we all know how Trump-endorsed candidates are dominating in races across the country.

As said at the outset, Perez’s defeat has to be a huge blow to Obama’s ego.

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