The Maryland AFL-CIO, among the most politically active unions in the state, has decided against endorsing a candidate in the election to replace Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the group's president said Tuesday.
"They're both good candidates and their responses to [our] questionnaire was pretty much the same," said Fred Mason, president of the Maryland-DC AFL-CIO. "An endorsement would have required a two-third majority, and it simply was not there."
The decision is likely a bigger blow to Edwards, who will have to rely more on help from outside groups to make up a significant fundraising gap. That said, neither Edwards nor Van Hollen won the AFL-CIO nod in their first runs for Congress.
Mason noted that AFL-CIO local unions are free to endorse. Both candidates are expected to attend a convention hosted by the union this weekend, he said.