Gonzales Research & Media Services, a Maryland-based survey research firm, yesterday released the results of their year-end Democratic gubernatorial primary poll (12/27-1/5; 501 MD likely Democratic primary voters) and found Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker jumping out to an early advantage. According to the Gonzales results, Mr. Baker would capture 24% support, followed by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and ex-NAACP national president Ben Jealous with 14% apiece, while state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) tallies five percent. Four more minor candidates all recorded support factors of less than two percent.
The Maryland candidate filing deadline will close on February 27th, but the Democratic field appears set. The party primaries are scheduled for June 26th. The eventual Democratic nominee will face incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in the fall election.
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