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Mizeur to report raising more than $1.1 million last year

Del. Heather R. Mizeur will report that she has raised more than $1.1 million over the past year for her brash run for the Democratic nomination for governor, her campaign said Wednesday.

The total, which surpasses expectations for her campaign, is expected to be filed later in the day as part of a full accounting of her campaign's finances over the past year. The campaigns of her rivals, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, are also due to be filed with the State Board of Election before midnight.

Steven Hershkowitz, a spokesman for the campaign, declined to disclose the critical total of cash on hand until the report is filed. Mizeur came into the year with almost $350,000 in her account. The campaign did not say how much she has spent over the past year.

Hershkowitz said the fund-raising total includes the first round of money Mizeur has received as a result of participating in the state's public financing system.

Mizeur, a two-term Montgomery County lawmaker, will report that 92 percent of her contributions came from supporters who gave $250 or less. She is running with the Rev. Delman Coates, a Prince George's County minister.

Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary's College, said the fund-raising shows that Mizeur has to be taken seriously as a contender.

"She's done incredibly well," Eberly said.

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