Today is the primary election. North College Park residents can vote at the Methodist Church on Rhode Island Avenue.

There are a few races that will be watched closely:

1, Governor’s race:
The biggest race on the ballot is the Democratic primary contest for governor, which will determine who faces popular incumbent Republican Larry Hogan in the fall.

Six major candidates are on the ballot. Most have the same policy views — more money for education, a $15 minimum wage, legalized marijuana — but differ in personality, biography and style.

The two front-runners are former NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. Jealous is a darling of Maryland progressives and represents a Bernie Sanders-style candidate. Baker is a more traditional candidate and has the support of nearly all the big names in Maryland politics. In many ways, they represent the progressive-establishment split that has roiled the Democratic party nationally since the 2016 presidential primary election.

2. County Council District 1:
Former council member Thomas E. Dernoga (D) and Laurel Mayor Craig Moe are vying to succeed council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) in a heated race centered on development. Lehman is term-limited and running for state delegate.

3. MD 21 State Delegates:
There is an open seat because Democratic Del. Barbara Frush is not seeking reelection and is joining Rushern Baker’s gubernatorial campaign. 6 candidates are running for 3 seats
Ben Barnes (I)
Matt Dernoga
Mary Lehman
James McDowell Jr.
Joseline Pena-Melnyk (I)
Brencis Smith

[Sources: WTOP, The Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post]