Battle For Baltimore

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Really good article in the Sun today by my new reporter crush John Fritze on the emerging Battle for Baltimore between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards. A sampling:

Though Baltimore might not produce a candidate this time, the city and its suburbs remain an important battleground: More than a third of the state’s voters in the 2008 Democratic primary for president voted in Baltimore and its two neighboring counties.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, by comparison, accounted for nearly 40 percent of the state’s vote.

Baltimore and its surrounding neighborhoods could prove particularly important if Edwards and Van Hollen split downstate Democrats. Both candidates are better known around the Capital Beltway than I-695.

Van Hollen seems to have gotten off to a good start, reporting 10 Baltimore-area endorsements, per the article:

The list includes Sens. Delores G. Kelley, Bobby Zirkin, Guy Guzzone and Dels. Dana Stein, Vanessa Atterbeary and Frank Turner — all Democrats.

The battle will no doubt rage on for many more months. One more thing to keep an eye on.

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