Baker falls to Jealous in fight to challenge Governor Hogan

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sometime around 10:30 pm Tuesday Rushern Baker called his gubernatorial opponent Ben Jealous and congratulated his competitor and told him he was ready to help him win the ultimate prize in their primary race—a seat in the Governor’s House.

Jealous was declared the winner of the Governor's Democratic Primary by collecting 39 percent of the vote compared to Baker’s 33 percent. Baker held a close to 600 vote lead after early voting before Jealous surged ahead. The former head of the NAACP collected more than 31,000 votes Tuesday.

Jealous will square off against incumbent governor Larry Hogan in November.

Baker told his supporters that he has no political plans once his term as Prince George’s Executive Director ends.