Del. Pat McDonough
Del. Pat McDonough (Submitted photo / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. endorsed the GOP nominee in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District and will call on supporters to donate to his campaign in a note expected to reach supporters on Friday.

Republican Del. Pat McDonough is running against incumbent Democrat Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger for the seat. McDonough won the nomination with more than 71 percent of the vote in a five-way race earlier this year.

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The district is not considered competitive by independent analysts, but McDonough has argued support for GOP nominee Donald Trump in some corners of the district will help carry his campaign. Trump visited the district on Monday during a brief swing through Maryland.

McDonough has embraced the "Trump of Baltimore County" moniker applied to him in a Baltimore Sun editorial last year. Both McDonough and Ehrlich were present for the visit this week.

"I have known and worked with Pat for years and he was a reliable partner while I served as your governor and continues to be in the Maryland House of Delegates," Ehrlich writes in the letter. "He stood with me as we fought to lower taxes, create jobs and reign in government spending."

McDonough faces long odds in a district Ruppersberger won with more than 61 percent of the vote in 2014 -- a year that was not particularly good for Democrats in the state. In mid-July -- the latest data available from the Federal Election Commission -- McDonough reported having $42,754.94 on hand. Ruppersberger, by contrast, reporting having more than $1.2 million in the bank.

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