Democrats to share stage today in first debate of Maryland governor’s race

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Ok…yes, I know I need an updated photo…I am working on it (Update: look, I found a better photo)…but now to the point…the first televised debate between Democrat candidates running for governor is happening today. Here is information via the Baltimore Sun:

Eight candidates running for governor are set to share the stage Monday in the first of five scheduled debates in the Maryland Democratic primary race.

The hour-long WBAL-Maryland Public Television debate is to be taped in the morning and aired at 7 p.m. Monday. Candidates will have 90 seconds to introduce themselves and then field questions in a moderated debate.

There are so many candidates that introductions alone will take up roughly a quarter of the debate time. A ninth candidate, an Orthodox Jew who couldn’t attend because it coincides with the religious holiday Shavuot, will give a taped statement before it begins.

The crowded field is scheduled to have one televised debate per week over the next five weeks until the June 26 primary.

Candidates began going up last week on airwaves to attempt to capture voter’s attention.

Before then, most stuck to a frantic schedule of forums across the state trying to to break out from the packed field. Public polls in the previous few months showed most Democratic voters were undecided about which candidate they want to challenge popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November.

Hogan, who consistently has job approval ratings in the high 60s, has amassed more money than the entire Democratic field combined, according to the most recent campaign finance filings in January. New reports, due by midnight Tuesday, will offer a glimpse into which Democrats can compete aggressively in the remaining weeks before the primary.

There are nine candidates on the ballot, but so far seven have raised significant amounts of money and built a campaign infrastructure necessary for a statewide campaign.

Read the full article here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-first-governor-debate-20180520-story.html

One debate per week…that is pretty nice. Hopefully these will be interesting to watch. I may watch the debate tonight (or record it and watch it early tomorrow morning). Will one candidate stand out in this large field? Be sure to tune in to see.

Scott E

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