Edwards steps up fundraising, but Alsobrooks has far more cash in Prince George’s race

Prince George’s County executive candidate Angela Alsobrooks has four times as much to spend in the weeks before the Democratic primary as her main rival, Donna F. Edwards, according to campaign finance reports. Alsobrooks, who is completing her second term as state’s attorney, raised $296,239 from Jan. 11 through May 15 and has $848,325 in the bank. (Wash. Post)

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Bates outpaces Mosby in the money race for state’s attorney

Ivan J. Bates is dominating the fundraising circuit and monopolizing media buys as the Baltimore state’s attorney race enters its final month before the Democratic Party primary. Bates has raised three times more money than incumbent Marilyn Mosby since mid-January, according to just-released campaign records, and spent eight times more on TV and radio advertising than Mosby and candidate Thiru Vignarajah combined. (Brew)

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Republicans clash over investigation of Anne Arundel prosecutor's top aide

An investigation into a top aide to the Anne Arundel County state’s attorney is bleeding into the Republican primary, with the prosecutor and his opponent on the ballot next month as well as the sheriff all trading accusations. Meeting Tuesday with the Capital Gazette Editorial Board, State’s Attorney Wes Adams and former assistant prosecutor Kathy Rogers each pointed to the political ramifications of Sheriff Ron Bateman’s months-long surveillance of political consultant Lawrence Scott. (Capital)

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MoCo exec race: Elrich deals with socialist label in meet-up with Blair

The moderator of a Democratic breakfast club may have been joking when she said Montgomery County county executive candidate Marc Elrich had a poster of Che Guevara, a Cuban Marxist revolutionary leader, hanging in his County Council office. But it didn’t stop Susan Heltemes from asking the candidate to respond to the perception that some or many in Montgomery County view County Councilmember Marc Elrich as a socialist. (Md. Reporter)

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May 23 // Democrat Krish Vignarajah says it's time for a woman to be Maryland's governor

At a recent forum in Baltimore, Krish Vignarajah was the last Democratic candidate for governor to step onto the stage. By then, it was already crammed with men. The scene demonstrated why Vignarajah, a lawyer and former policy director for Michelle Obama, jumped into the crowded race to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan — even though she has never run for office and had a baby just three months before launching her bid. (Balt. Sun)

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Democrats balk at plan to allow Kamenetz votes to count for Valerie Ervin in Maryland primary for governor

The death of gubernatorial candidate Kevin Kamenetz continues to ripple through Maryland’s Democratic primary as state election officials struggle to replace his name with Valerie Ervin’s without having to toss the 1.5 million ballots they’ve already printed. The Maryland Board of Elections proposed a solution on Tuesday: Post signs alerting voters of Kamenetz’s death and informing them that ballots cast for him will count for Ervin, his former running mate. But the concept is not sitting well with Ervin and some of her Democratic rivals. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan raised $1.2 million in 35 days, more money than some Democratic challengers raised all last year

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan raised more than $1.2 million between April 10 and May 15, amassing more money in 35 days than some of his Democratic challengers have done since they launched their campaigns last year. In a memo obtained by The Washington Post, Hogan’s campaign chairman said the Republican governor and Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford, who do not have primary opponents, have more than $9 million cash on hand for their reelection bid. (Wash. Post)

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Jealous, Shea raise more cash than other Democrats; Baker lags behind

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has pulled ahead of his rivals in fundraising, solidifying his position among the front-runners to challenge a far better-funded Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this fall. The former NAACP president’s campaign raised $974,274 since mid-January, a total that easily surpassed his opponents, he announced Tuesday. The total included $100,000 that Jealous and his running mate, Susan Turnbull, loaned to their campaigns. (Wash. Post)

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