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Maryland third party founder to run for governor as Democrat

December 16, 2021 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The founder of the socialist Bread and Roses Party in Maryland announced Thursday the party is disbanding, and he’s running for governor as a Democrat.

Jerome Segal started working to found the Bread and Roses Party in 2018 after unsuccessfully challenging U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin in a Democratic primary, and the party was recognized a year later.

Segal says the party is closing after less than three years because the Democratic Party has moved further to the left in recent years and embraces policies and the range of what can be pursued is wider than before.

He also says he believes third-party candidates have to be concerned about being a potential spoiler and drawing away Democratic voters in a close election.

With Segal, there are now nine gubernatorial candidates in Maryland’s Democratic primary.