The race for votes in the final, hectic days before Tuesday's presidential primary in Maryland begins this morning with a hasty stop in Baltimore by Patrick J. Buchanan.
Mr. Buchanan, the TV commentator who rocketed into front-runner status before faltering this week in the Arizona primary, plans to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. today in the Maryland Room on the 21st floor of the World Trade Center in downtown Baltimore.
Workers at Mr. Buchanan's campaign headquarters in McLean, Va., said the public would not be admitted to the conference. They said Mr. Buchanan would not make any public appearances in the state.
Mr. Buchanan then will fly to New England, where five states hold primaries Tuesday. Maryland shares its primary day with seven states: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Tomorrow, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, leading in Maryland polls and boasting the support of most of the state's Republican establishment, plans to appear at two events.
At 12:30 p.m., Mr. Dole is scheduled to speak at a public rally at the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.
At 3 p.m., he is to meet with veterans at American Legion Post 22 in Towson. According to Mr. Dole's handlers, only Legion members and the media will be allowed into the hall.
Alan L. Keyes, a resident of Darnestown in Montgomery County, announced plans to campaign in Maryland on Monday and Tuesday -- then announced that he was going on a hunger strike to protest his exclusion from a debate in South Carolina.
Terry Turner, Mr. Keyes' state campaign director, said he spoke with the candidate's chief of staff, "and they're not telling me to cut back on his schedule at all."
As far as he knows, Mr. Turner said, Mr. Keyes plans to deliver a speech at 2 p.m. Monday at Montrose Christian School, 5100 Randolph Road, Rockville. Mr. Keyes has garnered few votes but electrified audiences around the country with his rousing speeches on the moral decay of society.
On Tuesday, Mr. Keyes plans to vote, visit polls and speak at an 8 p.m. rally tentatively set at Central Baptist Church in Rockville. Mr. Keyes is expected to speak about 9 p.m.
Steve Forbes, the multimillionaire publisher, and Lamar Alexander, former governor of Tennessee, have not announced plans to campaign in Maryland.