For Gansler and Brown, it’s all about being disliked less

April 25

There is a great graphic included with the released of the new St. Mary’s College Maryland Poll. It tracks candidate support from the first statewide poll taken in October of 2013 up though the college’s just-released poll.

Anthony Brown is the sitting, two-term lieutenant governor. He has been running for this nomination for the past year. He has raked in the endorsement of every high-profile Democrat in Maryland, multiple special interest groups and even Bill Clinton. And yet his level of support has fallen by nearly 14 percentage points since October.

Doug Gansler is the sitting, two-term attorney general. He scared away all competition in 2010 and was re-elected with better than 90 percent of the vote. He’s been running for the nomination since his first election as attorney general (he often joked that “AG” meant “aspiring governor”). He officially declared his candidacy in September. Since then, his support has fallen by over 10 percentage points.

Heather Mizeur was a little-known and very progressive delegate from Montgomery County when she announced that she was going to join the race. Few in the press took her seriously at the time, but she has run a clean and rather uplifting campaign. Her level of support has increased by 2.5 percentage points.

Though she’s still in the single digits, Mizeur is the only candidate gaining ground. She still has a lot of ground to make up, but it’s a lot easier to gain on an opponent when that opponent is falling.

[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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