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GOP raises $770,000 for Hogan effort

The Maryland Republican Party has raised nearly $770,000 on behalf of Larry Hogan's campaign for governor, the party reported Friday.

With a midnight deadline to file campaign finance reports, Democrat Anthony G. Brown had not reported his fundraising totals Friday evening.

Hogan's chief campaign committee had not reported either, but its fundraising is not expected to significantly affect the race because of the restrictions the candidate agreed to when he decided to accept public financing.

That decision gave Hogan a lump sum of about $2.6 million to use on his general election campaign. He has been permitted to help the party raise another $1.8 million on his behalf.

The Republicans reported they had spent nearly $683 million since Aug. 20 – mostly on the governor's race – and had about $125,000 left in its Hogan Victory Fund as of last Sunday.

The $770,000 includes the receipts from a fund-raiser held in Montgomery County in September that featured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie....

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Schuh leads Johnson in Anne Arundel poll

A new poll shows Republican Steve Schuh has a significant lead over Democrat George F. Johnson IV in the Anne Arundel County executive race.

In a poll of 411 county residents conducted by Anne Arundel Community College, Schuh, a state delegate, had 40 percent support compared to 26 percent for Johnson, a former county sheriff. Nearly one-third of voters were undecided.

Schuh's campaign team said the college's poll -- the only public poll in the race so far -- matches their internal polling.

"These results are very encouraging, and I will continue working hard in the final days of this campaign to reach undecided voters," Schuh said in a statement Friday.

Michael Matthews, a spokeswoman for Johnson, said: "The only poll that matters is the one on Nov. 4 with the voters."

Schuh's supporters cited their reasons for choosing him as taxes (35 percent), experience (11 percent), ethics and integrity (11 percent) and party affiliation (10) percent.

Johnson's supporters said they picked him...

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Comptroller, attorney general races are money blowouts

In the Maryland governor's race, Anthony G. Brown is expected to report a sizable lead over Republican Larry Hogan in cash on hand Friday night, but it won't be anything like the advantage held by the other two Democrats on the statewide ballot.

Comptroller Peter Franchot reported Friday that he has $1.2 million in cash on hand in his campaign account. That's after spending $260,000 on his re-election campaign. Meanwhile, Republican rival William H. Campbell is reporting $3,490 in the bank after spending about $3,000. That gives Franchot an advantage of roughly 350 to 1. Republicans' expectations in the race are modest. They haven't won the chief tax collector's job since 1898.

Campbell looks almost flush compared with the Republican nominee for attorney general. The GOP's Jeffrey Pritzker reported having $1,308 in the bank, while state Sen. Brian E. Frosh's Democratic campaign said he expects to report $235,000 in cash on hand. That's almost a 180-1 advantage.

No Republican has won...

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O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire

Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to return to New Hampshire Monday to stump for a U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidate there, aides said.

The visit marks his fifth trip to this early primary state this year as term-limited O'Malley spends his final months in office laying the groundwork for a possible presidential bid and helping Democrats get elected elsewhere.

As his No. 2 in Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown fights to win a tightening race to succeed O'Malley, the governor has stepped up his out of state travels to campaign on behalf of other Democrats in the midterm election.

Next week, O'Malley lends his name and charisma to Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is locked in one of the closest and most watched senatorial campaigns in the nation. Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, are in a statistical dead heat, according to recent polls, with control of the U.S. Senate at stake.

O'Malley will also visit businesses in the Concord area with Democratic...

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Del. Tarrant launches write-in campaign targeting Conaway

State Del. Shawn Z. Tarrant has launched a write-in campaign targeting Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr. in Baltimore's 40th district, after viewing the dozens of rambling videos Conaway posted on YouTube in recent weeks.

Tarrant on Thursday filed as an official write-in candidate with the city's Board of Elections, an action necessary for election workers to count votes for him.

"I have to let everybody know how bad he is in office," Tarrant said of Conaway. "He's not fit to serve."

Tarrant, a sitting delegate, finished 4th of 10 candidates in the Democratic primary in June. Three candidates from that field advanced to the upcoming general election where they face no opposition. Conaway received the second-most votes in the field ahead of fellow Del. Barbara A. Robinson, but behind newcomer Antonio Hayes.

Conaway, the son of well-known Baltimore political family, made news this week for posting more than 50 rambling videos to YouTube, discussing his book entitled, "Christian Kundalini...

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Brown calls Hogan charge on tuition 'ridiculous'

Democratic gubernatorial Anthony G. Brown derided as "ridiculous' a charge Thursday by Republican rival Larry Hogan that the lieutenant governor is planning to raise tuition rates at community colleges.

Brown's reaction came as the candidates continued their recent spate of highly questionable allegations against each other, including the assertion that Hogan plans to cut $450 million a year from the state's school construction budget.

Hogan's latest charge came in a news release saying Brown's plan to cut waste in state government "would involve hiking community college tuition." It follows by a day another charge by Hogan that Brown would cut the state's budget for free breakfasts for low-income public school children.

The Hogan charges rely on a footnote in Brown's $1.5 million referring to a 2010 study for the Florida legislature pointing out different ways that state might save money by operating more efficiently. Brown's plan simply refers to the study as an example Maryland...

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