Cardin leads in Maryland Senate race
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.
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.
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.