Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) is backing Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in Maryland’s crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary, where seven major candidates are vying to take on popular incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in November.
Recent polling shows Kamenetz trailing Rushern L. Baker III, the executive in Prince George’s County, and former NAACP president Ben Jealous in a head-to-head matchup with Hogan. He earned slightly more support than the other Democratic hopefuls: state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), Baltimore attorney James Shea, entrepreneur Alec Ross and former Michelle Obama policy aide Krishanti Vignarajah. All, however, trailed Hogan by double digits.