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Rawlings-Blake opens wide fundraising lead

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has $842,000 in her campaign account, putting her far ahead of the fundraising pack for those challenging her for the mayor's seat.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh, who is rumored to be contemplating a run, has $252,000 cash in hand, putting her in second place.

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Former city planning director Otis Rolley, whose campaign has generated more buzz than the other challengers, has $106,000 in his account, which, he said yesterday, is better than he had a hoped to raise by this point.

Councilman Carl Stokes, who has been chatting with political consultants about a possible campaign, is lagging far behind on fundraising with just $14,700 in his account.

Reports for other potential challengers, including Clerk of Court Frank Conaway Sr., Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Vice President Josepth T. "Jody" Landers, and car salesman Scott Donahoo, are not yet available, but we hope to get them later on today.

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