Two well-known U.S. Congressmen threw their support behind candidates for attorney general from their home counties Monday, with Dutch Ruppersberger endorsing State Del. Jon S. Cardin and John K. Delaney backing State Sen. Brian Frosh.
Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.
"Cyber crimes are among the next-generation of issues with which our new Attorney General will have to contend," Ruppersberger said in a statement. "In Annapolis, Jon has proven that he understands the threats of today and tomorrow, and that he’s ready to take them on. He is dynamic and passionate and, I believe, will best serve my constituents in the Baltimore region as Attorney General."
Meanwhile, Delaney, a Montgomery County Democrat, endorsed Frosh.
“I am proud to endorse my neighbor, Brian Frosh, for Attorney General," Delaney said in a statement. "Brian has shown a 28-year commitment to public service, and during his tenure he has proven that he is an advocate for all of the qualities that make us proud to call Maryland home."
Cardin, of Baltimore County, leads the Democratic field in the race for attorney general, but the contest remains far from settled because of a striking number of undecided voters and a well-funded challenger who is gaining ground, according to a new poll published Monday by The Baltimore Sun.
Cardin leads despite having far less cash on hand and fewer high-profile endorsements than Frosh, of Montgomery County.
Cardin, the nephew of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, is ahead with the support of 26 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, the poll found. Frosh has 16 percent and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy of Prince George's County has 7 percent. Forty-two percent of voters said they were undecided.
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