Maryland left out of the campaign fray

WASHINGTON – The presidential candidates once again showered Virginia with attention Friday, with President Obama speaking at George Mason University and Mitt Romney appearing in Abingdon.

But Maryland, with its solid Democratic base that outnumbers Republicans 2 to 1, isn’t just missing out on attention.

Political analysts tell the Gazette that Maryland is missing out on the money spent by campaigns, including travel revenue from campaign workers and journalists and advertising dollars.

Both parties say they remain active in the state and aren’t taking anything for granted. The state Democratic Party says many volunteers are having an impact by spending their time in neighboring swing states.

But Maryland itself is far from a swing state and many residents have to sit and watch as the candidates try to woo voters in Virginia.

WTOP’s John Aaron contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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