Democrat Ben Jealous is trying to stop Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan from becoming the first Republican chief executive of the state elected to a second term since 1954. The Maryland race pits a Bernie Sanders-style progressive with a strong civil rights résumé against a jocular, popular incumbent who appears to have isolated himself from anti-Trump backlash by repeatedly distancing himself from the president. If he wins, Jealous would be the first black governor of Maryland, a state where about three of every 10 residents is African American.
Hogan is buoyed by strong approval ratings and deep fundraising, which has enabled him to campaign forcefully across the state, even in Democratic strongholds. Jealous, who has far less money to spend, is relying on surrogates — including labor unions, liberal groups, celebrities and national Democratic leaders — to turn out his base.
Here are key stories about each candidate and the race overall, to answer your questions as Election Day draws near: