In bid for Md. governor, Prince George’s executive lands endorsement from peer

WASHINGTON — In his Democratic race for Maryland governor, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker’s latest endorsement comes from his neighboring county’s executive.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett on Tuesday endorsed Baker not on Maryland soil, but in D.C. — in the familiar surroundings of Howard University School of Law.

Leggett was a law school dean at Howard in the mid-1980s, when Baker was a student. He has also served as a mentor to his fellow county executive.

There are six other Democrats looking to unseat current Republican Gov. Larry Hogan: former NAACP President Ben Jealous; Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz; state Sen. Rich Madaleno of Montgomery County; Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea, a former head of the Venable law firm; tech entrepreneur Alec Ross, who served as “senior adviser for innovation” to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Krishanti Vignarajah, who served as policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in the state, but recent polls show Hogan remains popular with Maryland voters.

A Goucher College poll from September 2017 pegged Hogan’s approval rating at 62 percent.

June 26 is primary day in Maryland; Election Day is Nov. 8.

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