With just over a week to go until election day, the front-runners in the Democratic primary for Maryland governor on Friday reported having enough money for a final push of TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts.
But Republican Gov. Larry Hogan was set to report a massive campaign account — nearly $10 million, far more than all the Democrats combined.
In the latest campaign finance filings due Friday, former NAACP president Ben Jealous reported having $385,000 in cash on hand. His chief competitor, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, reported having $245,000.
The reports cover campaign activity during a 25-day finance reporting period from May 16 through June 10.
Madeleine Russak, a spokesman for Baker, said the campaign has been picking up momentum, raising more than $200,000 during the short reporting period.
“Grassroots support is growing across the state,” Russak said.
Jealous, meanwhile, raised about $380,000 during the period. Jealous showed an uptick in money raised from in-state donors. Where previously Marylanders accounted for about 20 percent of his contributions, the most recent report shows 42 percent of his money came from in state.
“In the final weeks of this campaign, Marylanders continue to make it clear that this is the campaign they are willing to invest in,” campaign manager Travis Tazelaar said in a statement.
Though Baker and Jealous lead the pack, most Democratic voters are disengaged from the contest and have not made up their minds about the June 26 primary election, the poll showed. Forty-four percent of voters said they are undecided, and 57 percent said they have paid “only a little” attention to race. Early voting began Thursday and runs through June 21.
A new Baltimore Sun-University of Baltimore poll has found that with less than three weeks until the Democratic primary election for governor, two candidates have broken away from the crowded pack, though a huge swath of voters are undecided and haven't been paying attention to the race.
Alec Ross, an author and alumnus of the Obama administration, reported having about $181,000 in cash on hand.
State Sen. Richard Madaleno, who is using public financing for his campaign, had about $16,000 on hand after receiving nearly $50,000 in donations and $290,000 in state matching funds during the reporting period, according to his campaign.The campaign is expecting another $27,000 in matching funds.