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Election Digest


In Baltimore City

Ehrlich-Townsend debate confirmed for Morgan State

The two major party candidates for governor will debate for the first time Thursday evening at Morgan State University, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People confirmed yesterday.

The NAACP is sponsoring the face-off between Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. The debate has been scheduled for several weeks, but the NAACP had said this week that it might be postponed.

G.I. Johnson, president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, said the two campaigns are working out the details, but both have agreed to meet Thursday at Murphy Fine Arts Center. Neil E. Duke, vice president of the branch, will moderate the televised session, Johnson said.

President Bush may attend fund-raiser for Ehrlich

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is inviting supporters to a $1,250-a-ticket fund-raiser Oct. 2 in Baltimore that may feature President Bush.

Shareese DeLeaver, an Ehrlich spokeswoman, said the fund-raiser is scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown.

Although Bush has been invited, DeLeaver said the White House cannot confirm Bush's attendance until a few days before the event.

In Montgomery County

Van Hollen claims backing of state AFL-CIO in 8th

KENSINGTON -- Democratic congressional candidate Christopher Van Hollen Jr. claimed the endorsement yesterday of the Maryland AFL-CIO, which had backed his 8th District opponent, Mark K. Shriver, in the Democratic primary.

A formal announcement is expected today. The Van Hollen campaign said the endorsement "represents additional manpower and money from the working men and women of the community."

Van Hollen is trying to unseat Republican Rep. Constance A. Morella, who has claimed endorsements from a long list of organizations that, like labor, typically endorse more Democrats than Republicans. Her endorsements include the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and the League of Conservation Voters.

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