Young tops Craig in fundraising, but both GOP gubernatorial hopefuls lag Maryland Democrats

Republicans gearing up to run for governor in Maryland next year lag their Democratic counterparts in fundraising, according to new disclosure reports.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) reported Thursday morning having raised $232,283 during the past year and having $202,236 in the bank.

His performance was bested by Blaine Young (R), president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, who earlier this week reported raising $446,952 during the past year and having $349,277 cash in hand.

Both Republican hopefuls lag far behind the leading Democrats, however.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D) all reported raising more than $1 million during the past year, and all three have substantially larger war chests.

Gansler reported $5.2 million in the bank, while Ulman said he had $2.1 million and Brown reported $1.6 million.

A fourth Democrat eyeing the race, Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), reported having more than $380,000 in the bank.

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

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