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Maryland's largest teachers union, MSEA, endorses Ben Jealous for governor

Ben Jealous takes the stage to speak during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Maryland gubernatorial candidate has picked up the endorsement of the state's largest teachers union.

The Washington Post reports former NAACP president Ben Jealous received the support from the Maryland State Education Association, which is one of the most coveted in Democratic politics.

Jealous received 85 percent of the vote from more than 300 delegates during the union's Spring Representative Assembly on Saturday.

Jealous has called for increasing teacher salaries and ensuring all school staff make a living wage, among other things.

The union plans to hold an event this week to formally announce the endorsement.

Jealous has won several endorsements, including from U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) along with Maryland Working Families and Our Revolution.

The Maryland primary is June 26.

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