Maryland 2022 Primary: Trump-backed Dan Cox wins GOP gubernatorial nomination

Many votes have yet to be counted, but the Associated Press has declared one winner in Maryland's gubernatorial primary race. 

Dan Cox, the Trump-endorsed candidate, is projected to win the Republican nomination for Maryland governor, according to AP. 

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Cox faced off against Kelly Schulz, the state's former commerce secretary, and garnered nearly 40,000 more votes than her by the end of Tuesday night. 

Schulz was endorsed by outgoing Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, however, his support proved not enough for voters. 

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Cox also beat out Robin Ficker, a former state legislator who promised to cut Maryland's sales tax by 2 cents, and Joe Werner —an attorney who last ran in Maryland’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat.

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The Democratic candidate has not been declared. At the end of Tuesday night, polls showed Wes Moore ahead of both Tom Perez and Peter Franchot. 

State law says mail-in ballots cannot be counted until two days after the election. Nikki Charlson, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections, told FOX 5 that nearly half a million mail-in ballots have been distributed and final counts in some races could take until next week.