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Democratic National Committee sends $85K to Maryland to help challenge Gov. Hogan, other Republicans

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, seated as he is introduced by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin at an event last year in Anne Arundel County.
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, seated as he is introduced by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin at an event last year in Anne Arundel County. (By Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

The Democratic National Committee is sending money to Maryland to help the state party’s efforts to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan and his Republican colleagues in other offices this year.

The $85,000 grant will help the Maryland Democratic Party reach out to voters, especially those who are young, African-American or in rural areas.

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State party chairwoman Kathleen Matthews said the grant will help the party build on its “unprecedented investment” last year that resulted in Democratic candidates ousting Republican mayors in Annapolis and Frederick.

“This investment from the DNC will help us build on last year’s election victories in Maryland to win back the Governor’s Mansion and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November,” Matthews said in a statement.

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DNC Chairman Tom Perez, a former Montgomery County councilman and Maryland labor secretary, said in a statement that the money “will amplify organizing efforts across the state.”

The Democrats have recognized seven candidates who are vying for a shot to take on Hogan in the fall. Hogan came into the race with advantages including strong approval ratings and more than $9 million in his campaign accounts at the start of the year.

The grant to Maryland, part of the national organization’s State Party Innovation Fund, is modest compared to recent DNC spending in elections in other states, including $1.5 million that the national party spent helping elect candidates in Virginia, including Gov. Ralph Northam, and $1 million spent in Alabama to support the election of Sen. Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore.

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