Still a Dumpster Fire
Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary race is wide open, according to a poll by Goucher College released just days before the campaign filing deadline.
Nearly half of the Democrats who are likely to vote in the primary say they have no preference among the seven candidates in the race, and the majority say they don’t know enough about the candidates to form an opinion.
The poll, which was released on Thursday, asked Democrats whom they would select if the election were held today. Forty-seven percent said they were undecided or had no preference, a statistically insignificant change from September, when a Goucher poll found 44 percent had no preference.
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To be clear, more Democrats have no preference now, after they’ve gotten to know the field a bit more and as the field was settling, then before.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III fares the best among the potential Democratic challengers, with 19 percent saying they support his campaign. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz receives 12 percent and former NAACP president Ben Jealous follows with 10 percent.
The poll found the rest of the field in the single digits. Tech entrepreneur Alec Ross has 3 percent support, while state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., attorney James Shea and former Michelle Obama aide Krishanti Vignarajah each received 2 percent.
The entire poll winds up basically a rounding error. None of the candidates look strong. None of the candidates have impressed everybody. None of them look like they can beat Governor Larry Hogan come the fall. It’s no wonder that all of the candidates struggled to find somebody to run with them as their running mate on their tickets. And as we discussed last night on Red Maryland Radio, somehow Jim Shea wound up with one of the best picks for a running mate (though Kevin Kamenetz will be announcing a strong pick today).
If you’re like a lot of people, and you want to make sure that Maryland continues to Change for the Better as it has under Larry Hogan, you should be very happy.