Brown wins straw poll for governor among Western Maryland Democratic activists


Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown prevailed in a straw poll for governor Saturday among Democratic activists in Western Maryland, among the more conservative regions of the state.

Brown received 76 votes from those casting ballots at the annual Western Maryland Democrat Summit, held this year in Hagerstown. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler finished second with 64 votes, followed by Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery) with 50 votes.

All three Democratic hopefuls addressed the gathering before the balloting. Brown, Gansler and Mizeur face off for real June 24 when voters statewide will pick a Democratic nominee.

Brown was the top vote getter last year as well at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit. Mizeur finished second, creating buzz about her yet-announced candidacy.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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