Polls may show him trailing, but Harford County Executive David R. Craig today declared himself the true front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.
"In reality, I am the front-runner," Craig told the Baltimore Sun editorial board.
A poll conducted for the Baltimore Sun showed businessman and activist Larry Hogan has built on his lead since February and now is favored by 27 percent of likely GOP voters. His two closest competitors, Craig and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar, stand at 12 percent each. Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County has 6 percent.
Craig suggested Hogan's fund-raising totals were not what they appeared to be because Hogan loaned $500,000 of his own money to the campaign. The loan was reported by The Sun and other media outlets.
Craig said of polls showing him behind: "I just think that the polling is not based on the real people who will go out and vote. Whenver I go to another county I'm always the one they mention as the front-runner."
Craig predicted a tight outcome in the June 24 primary. "I don't have any doubt that it will be relatively close," he said.