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Cardin leads in Maryland Senate race

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October 15, 2012


By: George Sousouris

Annapolis, Maryland: Incumbent Ben Cardin (D) appears to be on his way to re-election. Of the four candidates who will appear on the November 6 general election ballot, Cardin is polling at 50%, with his nearest competitors, Dan Bongino (R) and Rob Sobhani (I) polling at just above 20% apiece. Libertarian candidate Dean Ahmad (L), a Harvard educated astrophysicist, is in fourth.[1]

Despite the disappointing poll numbers for Bongino, his campaign appears to be gathering some fundraising steam, as he raised $650,000 in the third quarter, his biggest haul to date. He was endorsed by prominent Republicans like Sarah Palin and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.[2]

Sobhani, an independently wealthy Montgomery County businessman, may surpass both Cardin and Bongino in total campaign spending, having reportedly spent $4 million of his own money on the race.[2]

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