Maryland governor candidate Krish Vignarajah commits to $200,000 TV ad buy

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah has committed to buy $200,000 worth of television ads that have been running this week before early voting starts Thursday.

The Vignarajah campaign said that more than two-thirds of the money, $140,000, would go for placing ads in the Baltimore market. The ads will run on both broadcast channels and local cable. The remaining $60,000 will go toward cable advertising in Prince George’s, Montgomery, Frederick and Washington counties and on the Eastern Shore.

Vignarajah is a first-time candidate for elected office who previously served as an aide to First Lady Michelle Obama. The ad is the same one that was released online in March, making the case for electing women and showing her breastfeeding her infant daughter.

The ads will not run on Sinclair Broadcasting stations including Baltimore’s Fox 45. Vignarajah has promised to boycott the company because of its practice of requiring local stations to run what she called “right-wing propaganda segments.” The primary, which will choose the Democrat who will challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, is June 26.

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