Gubernatorial candidates secure endorsements as race enters final stretch
While the gubernatorial race is entering its final months, Gov. Larry Hogan and his challenger, Ben Jealous, have announced several endorsements they have each received.
Hogan was recently endorsed by Maryland's Fraternal Order of Police, an organization that supported Democrat Anthony Brown just four years ago.
Several Democratic legislators also gathered recently to announce their support of Jealous, with Senate President "Mike" Miller even telling The Baltimore Sun that Jealous would be the best choice to improve public schools in the state and House Speaker Michael Busch chastizing Hogan for "demonizing" Jealous in television advertisements.
A poll that was conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies this month shows Hogan with a 52-36 advantage in the race. The poll showed 11 percent of voters were undecided.
Approximately 64 percent of Marylanders have a favorable opinion of Hogan, according to the poll, while 31 percent have a favorable opinion of Jealous.
Hogan leads Jealous 92 percent to 3 percent among Republicans and 60 percent to 29 percent among independents, according to the poll. Jealous leads 55 percent to 29 percent among Democrats, according to the poll.
There were also delegates and senators from Prince George's and Montgomery counties, as well as Baltimore, in attendance supporting Jealous.
Hogan's re-election campaign has raised more than $2.5 million in the last two months, meaning the campaign currently has more than $9.4 million. Jealous has not released the details of his campaign finance report yet, but in June, Jealous only had approximately $400,000.
“I am pleased to report that we have exceeded our fundraising objectives,” Hogan campaign chairman Tom Kelso wrote in a memo released to reporters, according to The Baltimore Sun. “By comparison, Gov. (Martin) O’Malley and Lt. Gov. (Anthony) Brown filed with a combined $6.36 million during their 2010 re-election campaign at around this time.”
Nearly 95 percent of Hogan's donors are Marylanders and 66 percent are small donors, according to the memo.