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Maryland's next gubernatorial election is still nearly two years away, but with the most wide open contest for the post in a generation, 2013 is bound to mark the beginning of serious campaigning from a host of ambitious politicians in both parties. Comptroller Peter Franchot was the first presumed contender to formally declare his intentions -- he said in December that he will run for re-election, not governor -- but others are likely to announce their campaigns as early as this spring. Here¿s a brief rundown of the likely candidates in both parties and a handicapping of their odds as the race begins.
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