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Harford's Craig wins Young Republicans straw poll for 2014 gubernatorial nod

12:37 PM EDT, June 5, 2012

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Maryland Young Republicans have put Harford County Executive David Craig on top in the organization's first straw poll for the 2014 gubernatorial election.

The poll was taken at the MDYR annual convention in Annapolis Saturday, according to a news release from chairman Brian Griffiths.

Craig finished first with 25 percent of the vote. Former lieutenant governor and RNC chairman Michael Steele finished second with 21 percent, followed by former Maryland secretary of state Larry Hogan with 13 percent.

Craig has been raising money but is not yet officially a candidate. Hogan is considered among his main competition for the 2014 GOP nomination, so Saturday's finish may have some significance for his campaign going forward.

Seven others received votes in the straw poll, none more than 8 percent, and 4 percent of those voting were undecided. Harford Del. Pat McDonough was one of two others on the ballot who did not receive any votes, according to the MDYR release, which did not say how many members voted.