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Potential governor hopefuls vie in Western Maryland Democratic straw poll

Potential governor hopefuls vie in Western Maryland Democratic straw poll

Democrats will get a first read on their field of potential 2018 gubernatorial candidates Saturday as the party's Western Maryland faithful hold a straw poll at Rocky Gap.

Eight prospective contenders will be on the ballot at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit at the resort-casino in Flintstone.

Robin Summerfield, treasurer of the Western Maryland Democratic Political Action Committee, said all eight asked that their names be listed on the ballot. He said seven of the potential candidates were expected at the two-day event, which began Friday night.

Only Alec Ross, the high-tech entrepreneur and author who this week became the first Democrat to officially announce an...

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