Valerie Ervin is dropping out of the Maryland governor’s race and endorsing Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who is locked in a tight Democratic primary contest with former NAACP chief Ben Jealous.
Ervin is the latest Maryland politician to rally around Baker since a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll last week showed him and Jealous, a first-time candidate, at the top of the crowded primary field.
Last week, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley threw his support to Baker. Over the weekend, Baker campaigned with a raft of Baltimore County officials while Jealous, who has been embraced by progressive and outside groups, appeared with comedian Dave Chappelle.
In an advisory that went out late Tuesday, Ervin described Baker and his running mate, state prosecutor Elizabeth Embry, as “the right team to fight for the people of Maryland.” She said their gubernatorial ticket has “unmatched experience and passion.”
Early voting begins Thursday. The winner of the June 26 primary will challenge the popular incumbent governor, Larry Hogan, who is vying to become the first Republican chief executive in Maryland elected to a second term in more than 60 years.
Ervin, a former Montgomery County council and school board member, entered the race as a candidate for lieutenant governor. She launched her long-shot bid for the state’s top political job on May 17, a week after her running mate, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, died of cardiac arrest.
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I am in total shock at this announcement. Ervin entered the race…fought to get her name and the name of her running mate on the ballot (that did not go well for her) and now has dropped out of the race just days before early voting begin. Not only that…but has decided to endorse County Executive Baker…which is fine…but is so odd and I am just shocked. Ervin was not going to win (that was pretty obvious to everyone from the beginning)…so what was this whole thing about?
Who this helps:
Rushurn Baker – that is obvious. Her endorsement of his campaign will only help him going forward.
Krish Vignarajah – She is back to being the only woman in this race and this could provide a bump with Ervin out of the race.
Rich Madaleno – seems to have a lot of support around Baltimore and Ervin dropping out may increase his support in that region.
Who this hurts:
Ben Jealous – It is obvious that the “establishment” is against him and I expect this to continue through the 26th.
I am not sure what else to say…except this is so odd.