"I always try to look at the options with the cold fish-eye of reality. You have to realize to run statewide as a Republican is a daunting task," he said.

Craig had receipts of about $156,000, with a cash balance of about $112,000.

Baltimore Sun reporter Nicole Fuller contributed to this article.

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The Democratic money race



Potential candidate Cash on hand 2011 receipts*

Gansler $4,066,960 $1,249,330

Ulman $1,301,393 $1,059,823

Franchot $1,013,656 $628,359

Brown $810,756 $919,929

*Jan. 13, 2011, to Jan. 11, 2012

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