Maryland Sen. Brian Frosh may not be ahead in the polls, but he has maintained his substantial fundraising lead in the race for the Democratic Party nomination for attorney general, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.

Campaign finance records filed by the candidates late Tuesday showed that Frosh raised slightly less than the less-experienced front-runner in the race, Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore County), from Jan. 9 to May 20.

But because Frosh started that period with $420,000 more in the bank than Cardin, he still has much more money to spend.

Frosh, a 19-year veteran of the Senate and chairman of its Judicial Proceedings Committee, raised more than $215,000 during the latest reporting period, and has just over $864,000 in the bank.

Cardin raised nearly $228,000, and has $486,000 cash on hand.

Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George's), the third primary candidate, is a distant third, having raised $29,000 during the reporting period and reporting $69,000 in the bank.

Because they are all state lawmakers, all three candidates were prohibited from raising money during the 90-day legislative session that ended April 7.

Frosh has struggled to draw as much voter support as Cardin, who is the nephew of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and, analysts say, is benefiting from the statewide familiarity with his last name.

Most of Cardin’s reported expenditures are on the salaries of his staff and printing materials such as signs.

Frosh has an outstanding loan balance of about $70,000. He also paid Hart Research Associates of the District about $27,000 for polling in late April.

All three candidates are scheduled to participate in their second debate on June 9.