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Matthews posts another big fundraising quarter

Kathleen Matthews, a former television anchor in Washington, has elected to head the Maryland Democratic Party.
Kathleen Matthews, a former television anchor in Washington, has elected to head the Maryland Democratic Party. (handout / Baltimore Sun)

Kathleen Matthews, the former television news anchor and Marriott executive running in the 8th Congressional District, will report raising just over $500,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015, another significant haul for the first time candidate.

Matthews, a Democrat, will report raising $504,000 in the last three months of the year and has $1.1 million in the bank, according to her campaign. She is seeking the seat left vacant by Rep. Chris Van Hollen's decision to run for Senate.

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Matthews' numbers come a day after a wealthy businessman, David Trone, announced he will enter the race for the 8th Congressional District. Trone has said he is prepared to mostly self-finance his campaign.

So far, Matthews and state Sen. Jamie Raskin have vastly exceeded the rest of the crowded field in the race for fundraising. But Trone's decision has the potential to upend that dynamic.

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"It's clear that our base of supporters is growing every day, and we will have the resources to run a strong campaign," campaign manager Ethan Susseles said in a statement.

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