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Poll: African-Americans, D.C. Suburbs Boost Baker in Primary

The county executive was also the best-known Democrat.

Zach C. Cohen
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March 1, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) led the Democrats in a recent Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy survey (Feb. 20-24; 500 Democratic LVs; +/-4.5%). Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D) and former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) got 15 and 14 percent respectively with the rest of the field trailing in the low single digits.

“Baker runs strongest among African-Americans (38%) and voters in the Washington Metro area (40%). Kamenetz leads in the Baltimore Metro area (24%), while Jealous has more balanced support – 17% in Baltimore and 12% in Washington. Rural Maryland is totally up for grabs, with 56% of voters on the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland undecided.”

Baker was the best known in the field, according to each candidate’s favorability:

Baker: 34-9%
Kamenetz: 19-11%
Jealous: 17-6%
State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D): 12-4%
Former White House aide Krish Vignarajah (D): 8-3%
Former university regent Jim Shea (D): 6-0%
Former State Department official Alec Ross (D): 4-1%
Ralph Jaffe (D): 3-1% (release)

BACK AND FORTH. Baker on Tuesday called on Gov. Larry Hogan (R) “to divest from his real estate empire following a Maryland Matters report showing that Governor Hogan’s business empire is not controlled by a blind trust, but a ‘trust agreement,’ the details of which are not available to the public.” (release)

“One day after the Maryland State Board of Education voted to dedicate a full-time Department of Education employee to monitor Prince George’s County’s schools … Hogan called for” Baker to fire the county’s education CEO. Baker “said he’s standing beside his school chief.” (WTOP)

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