Baker Top Dems in Latest Gubernatorial Poll

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III signs documents to officially declare his candidacy for Maryland governor on Feb. 20, alongside running mate Elizabeth Embry. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III signs documents to officially declare his candidacy for Maryland governor on Feb. 20, alongside running mate Elizabeth Embry. (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III remains the front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to a poll released Thursday.

The poll, conducted by D.C.-based Mason-Dixon Polling, showed about 26 percent of likely voters would choose Baker as the Democratic nominee. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz came in second at 15 percent and former NAACP President Ben Jealous in third place at 14 percent.

The other five candidates surveyed came in single digits, but 32 percent of voters still remain undecided.

The poll results resembles those of one released last week by Goucher College, which showed Baker leading a wide-open field.

“Mr. Baker will continue to travel the state listening to real people in every corner of Maryland,” the Baker campaign said in a statement Thursday. “He remains committed to giving as many voters as possible the opportunity to get to know the real Rushern Baker, judge his character, hear about his accomplishments and how his plans and vision for Maryland can make life better for all of us.”

The poll surveyed about 500 Democratic voters by telephone between Feb. 20-24.

Baker, who officially filed his candidacy Feb. 20 along with running mate Elizabeth Embry, received 38 percent among Black voters. Jealous collected the second-most votes among Blacks at 22 percent.

Besides receiving the top votes in the Washington metropolitan area at 40 percent, he also had the highest percentage among those in rural Maryland at 21 percent.

The other five candidates surveyed with no more than 4 percent of the vote included state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. of Montgomery County; tech entrepreneur Alec Ross; Baltimore attorney Jim Shea; Krish Vignarajah, former policy director for first lady Michelle Obama; and educator Ralph Jaffe of Baltimore County.

Vignarajah waited until the last day to file her candidacy Tuesday along with her running mate Sharon Y. Blake, former teacher and president of the Baltimore Teachers Union. They are the first all-woman ticket in the Maryland gubernatorial race in more than two decades and first to include two women of color.

Also on Tuesday, two Democrats from Baltimore City filed to run in the gubernatorial primary: James Jones for governor and Charles S. Waters as lieutenant governor.

The winner of the June 26 primary will face Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the Nov. 6 general election.

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