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Baltimore state's attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah launches $200K radio, TV ad push

Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah has rolled out a $200,000 ad buy for the final week before the June 26 Democratic primary election.
Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah has rolled out a $200,000 ad buy for the final week before the June 26 Democratic primary election. (Screen grab from YouTube)

After sitting on his campaign cash for weeks, Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Thiru Vignarajah on Wednesday launched a $200,000 ad buy for the final week before the June 26 Democratic primary election.

Vignarajah announced he had spent $50,000 on two new radio spots and $150,000 on a network and cable television ad.

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In the TV campaign ad, titled “Enough is Enough,” Vignarajah offers up his own entry into the growing list of superlatives from state’s attorney candidates.

“I’m the only candidate who’s tried tough cases and never lost at trial,” he says in the ad.

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The Baltimore Sun has not independently verified the claim. The three-way race in recent weeks has been focused on a similar claim by one of his rivals, Ivan Bates. Both men are trying to unseat incumbent State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in the June 26 primary election.

“I’ve never lost a murder case,” Bates says in a TV ad.

Mosby has said she convicted every Public Enemy No. 1. in the city.

Mosby and Vignarajah have been accusing Bates of exaggerating his success as a Baltimore prosecutor. Bates was an assistant state’s attorney from July 1996 to June 2002. He spent his last year as a homicide prosecutor.

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When the campaigns filed their latest finance reports last week for the period between May 16 and June 10, Bates reported having spent nearly $290,000 on the race and having $127,000 available. Vignarajah had spent just $62,000 and had $420,000 available. Mosby, meanwhile, reported spending $56,000 and having a cash balance of $295,000.

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