Katie Baker
For Immediate Release

Gansler Beats Franchot 7 to 1 in Maryland Democrats’ First Official Contest

ROCKY GAP, Md. – In a crowded field of nine candidates, former Attorney General Doug Gansler and former Hyattsville Mayor Candace Hollingsworth today took second place in the Western Maryland Democratic Summit’s straw poll held at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

“I’m grateful to all the Western Maryland Democrats who cast their vote for Candace and me in today’s straw poll, and as governor I will make sure the rural parts of Maryland help lead the way as we build a better, safer and greener future for our state,” said Gansler. “This is a two-person race, and crime is the number one issue voters care about. As a former prosecutor and attorney general, I am the candidate best-equipped — in fact, I am the only candidate at all equipped — to address the massive rise in crime across our state and make Maryland safe.”

“Doug and I clearly prevailed as the local choice among attendees from the region’s five counties today, and we are honored that so many Western Maryland Democrats trust us to serve as the next governor and lieutenant governor of Maryland,” said Hollingsworth.

“Peter Franchot’s entire rationale for his candidacy just completely fell apart; he is not the candidate who runs strongest statewide. Doug beat Franchot 7 to 1 in a region of the state where Franchot himself claims to be strong,” said Gansler’s campaign manager Shaun Daniels. “This is the first public poll where Democrats put pen to paper to publicly declare their choices. Doug Gansler placed second, far outpacing the next place finishers. It is obvious the field is narrowing. We have more than a million dollars on hand and every Democrat in Maryland is going to know that Doug and Candace are the best candidates, not just to take on Kelly Schulz in November, but to keep us safe.”

The Cumberland Times-News Editorial Board has noted that “candidates like former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat, and Kelly M. Schulz, a Republican, former state delegate and labor secretary under Gov. Larry Hogan, have come through the region during the course of the campaign” while “most [candidates] have been ghosts, relegated to the eastern half of the state, more a series of pictures and words than person.”

Gansler has been endorsed by Western Maryland’s only Democratic Senator, Sen. Ron Young.


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