Polls released Monday had McGinty up by several percentage points, though a survey late last week had Sestak ahead by nine points.
Meanwhile, the fight in Maryland between Edwards and Rep. Chris Van Hollen to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in congressional history, has intensified over recent weeks.
The Washington Post said on Tuesday that the primary race “has exposed deep racial, gender and class divisions within the Maryland Democratic Party.”
“The race has been close and contentious for months,” wrote reporter Rachel Weiner, “as two members of Congress sacrificed their safe seats to reach for the Senate and stake a claim to the progressive vote in the heavily Democratic state.”
Politico reports that “Much of Maryland’s political establishment has backed Van Hollen.”
But the Wall Street Journal spoke to a campaign spokesman who noted that “Edwards has backing from what he calls a ‘new generation of young African-American leaders.’ Among them are activists and elected officials in Baltimore, a battleground given that the candidates are far ahead on their respective home turf.”
According to the Post:
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On Monday, The Intercept noted the candidates’ divergent records on Israel and Palestine, highlighting how one pro-Israel billionaire has spent $100,000 to attack Edwards. “[O]n Israel and the Palestinians, Edwards has significantly departed from the status quo in votes and statements in ways that her opponent has not,” stated journalist Zaid Jilani.
For example, Jilani wrote:
While recent polls have placed Van Hollen ahead of Edwards, RealClearPolitics wrote on Monday that “most expect Tuesday’s outcome will be razor close, with an array of factors that could tip the scales for either candidate.”
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