Anne Arundel Community College survey: Pittman closes gap, is just five points behind Schuh

Democratic challenger Steuart Pittman has gained 10 points on County Executive Steve Schuh despite residents approving of the job Schuh is doing, according to an Anne Arundel Community College survey. The Republican Schuh has 38 percent support from more likely voters compared to 33 percent support for Pittman, a Davidsonville resident. Pittman’s support increased 10 points from the Center for the Study of Local Issues survey in April. Voters had the same support for Schuh then at 38 percent, but Pittman had 23 percent. (Capital)

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Jealous campaign expects Democrats to make up 57 percent of Maryland voters this year. That's more like a blue ripple than a wave

For months, Democrat Ben Jealous’ campaign for governor has publicly predicted a “blue wave” of turnout from progressive voters that will sweep Republican Gov. Larry Hogan out of office. But on a recent media call with reporters, the campaign said its own models indicate that registered Democrats will make up just 57 percent of voters by Election Day. That would be a slight bump from the last gubernatorial election four years ago but hardly a dramatic “wave.” (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Democratic challenger goes after Andy Harris in first televised debate

Democratic congressional candidate Jesse Colvin attacked Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) over opioids, veterans and the environment during a debate that aired Thursday on cable television in rural Cecil County. But the political newcomer’s inexperience made for several awkward back-and-forth exchanges between the candidates. For his opening salvo, Colvin turned to the camera, stared intently and spoke directly to voters: “When was the last time you saw Dr. Harris? Did he look he excited to be there with you?” (Wash. Post)

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Ben Jealous' campaign story about a company that decided against Maryland appears to be true

At virtually every campaign stop, Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Ben Jealous, tells a story about the one that got away. The tale comes from the former NAACP president’s years as a venture capitalist, and it involves a Canadian businessman who was looking to open a manufacturing plant in the United States. According to Jealous, he was trying to sell the company owner on a location in Baltimore. Jealous says the owner was intrigued by the idea of bringing his operation — and 300 jobs — to the city. But the deal fell apart because of Maryland’s soaring health care costs, he says. (Balt. Sun)

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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon endorses Hogan for governor

U.S. Senate candidate Neal Simon, who is running as an independent, endorsed Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) for reelection Thursday, citing the popular governor’s record of cutting taxes and fees and of protecting the Chesapeake Bay. Simon is challenging Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Democrat who has represented Maryland in Congress for more than 30 years. In a statement, Simon said Hogan has worked “across the aisle to find common ground” and “stayed true to his promise to govern from the center.” (Wash. Post)

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Schuh and Pittman clash in contentious debate for Anne Arundel County Executive

County executive candidates Steuart Pittman and incumbent Steve Schuh squared off Thursday in a contentious debate covering public safety, education and development. Schuh, a Republican, and Pittman, a Democrat, shook hands at the beginning but began trading barbs shortly after their opening remarks in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The county executive spoke first, touting his record on economic growth and his tax and fee cuts, resulting in $160 million in savings for residents over four years, he said. (Capital)

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Marc Elrich, Democratic nominee for Montgomery executive, endorsed by real estate group

The Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors has endorsed Marc Elrich for Montgomery County executive, adding a business group to the wide array of unions and progressive and environmental organizations backing the Democratic nominee. GCAAR, which represents real estate professionals, shifted its support to Elrich on Wednesday after endorsing one of his Democratic primary opponents, state Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery), earlier this year. (Wash. Post)

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Hogan campaign set to unleash powerful final TV ad push

The Hogan campaign is about to unleash a million-dollar-plus final TV push that is as powerful, focused and skillfully crafted a political ad campaign as I have ever seen anywhere at the state level. Consisting of two new ads focusing on African-American residents in Baltimore, one ad revisiting Hogan’s battle with cancer and another pair featuring Democrats in Montgomery County and on the Eastern Shore saying why they feel comfortable voting for Hogan, the package amounts to a closing argument for re-election in the final weeks of the campaign. (Balt. Sun)

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