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Hogan Re-Election War Chest at $9M

In his run for re-election as Maryland governor, Republican Larry Hogan has slightly more than $9 million in the bank.

The amount combines with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford’s campaign chest of $983,000. With no Republican challengers in the June 26 gubernatorial primary, Hogan can receive GOP support throughout the state.

In addition, the $9 million total more than quadruples the amount of the top Democratic fundraiser, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

All campaign finance reports had to be filed by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Kamenetz’s campaign reported more than $2 million with about half of that raised in the past year.

“I’m proud of the support our campaign is receiving,” Kamenentz said in a statement. “It’s increasingly clear that Maryland is ready to reject a do-nothing governor who’s enabled Donald Trump’s destructive, say-anything agenda.”

The two Black candidates raised a total combined amount of $2.5 million.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III procured more than $1 million with about $695,000 cash on hand. His campaign noted about 73 percent of the contributions came from Maryland.

Baker’s campaign presents optimism of a recent Gonzalez Research & Media Services of Arnold, Maryland, show Baker as the top choice in the June 26 primary.

The campaign for former NAACP President Ben Jealous reported $1.5 million from about 7,700 donors.

Jealous, with more than $650,000 available, came in third in the Gonzalez poll. He’s also the only candidate with a running mate, Susan Turnbull, former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and former chair of the state Democratic Party.

“Ben Jealous isn’t a career politician, but the outpouring of support for this campaign demonstrates Marylanders are hungry for a different kind of leadership,” Jealous’ campaign manager Travis Tazelaar said in a statement. As a civil rights leader, community organizer and businessman, Ben has consistently demonstrated the courage and experience needed to bring our state together and ensure we have a government that is accountable and responsive to the needs of everyday people.”

A third Black candidate, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, a public policy consultant and wife to Rep. Elijah Cummings, dropped out of the race Jan. 5.

Here are the figures and cash on hand for the remaining four Democratic challengers:

• Baltimore attorney Jim Shea filed about $2 million worth of contributions and has $1.3 million cash on hand;
• Tech entrepreneur Alec Ross raised $1.5 million with almost $445,000 cash on hand;
• Krish Vignarajah, former policy director to former First Lady Michelle Obama and only woman in the primary, raised $431,000 with a $100,000 loan. Has about $405,000 cash on hand; and
• State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) raised about $439,000 with $193,000 cash on hand.

Ralph Jaffe of Baltimore County filed to run in the Democratic primary, but his website states he won’t accept campaign contributions.

Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College in Towson, said the money won’t stop flowing in this gubernatorial race.

“I think the Democrats will have a lot of catching up to do, but I do expect whoever the eventually winner is there will be some help from outside sources,” she said. “There is a concerted effort to try and defeat Republican incumbents. But on the same side, Republicans will really want to hold on to this seat, too. This is just the beginning of a lot of money.”

The candidate filing deadline is Feb. 27.

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