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Md. GOP gubernatorial candidates low on funds

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Republican candidates for governor are off to a slow start in raising money for their campaigns, according to campaign finance reports filed to meet a midnight deadline on Wednesday.

Harford County Executive David Craig reported the most cash on hand, with $154,577. Craig reported raising nearly $250,000 but spent about $296,000. He had a prior balance of about $200,700. His running mate, Del. Jeannie Haddaway, reported having about $28,000 in another account.

Jim Petitt, a campaign spokesman, said Craig is focusing on grassroots campaigning with stops all over the state, and fundraising will get greater attention after the state’s legislative session ends in April.

“The campaign is a marathon, not a sprint,” Petitt said.

Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County reported having about $15,500. George raised about $130,160 and spent about $147,450. Charles Lollar reported having about $5,731 in his campaign. Lollar reported raising about $65,300 and spending about $59,600

Another candidate, Larry Hogan, plans to officially announce his campaign for the GOP nomination next week.

Of the Democratic candidates, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler have not yet filed their reports. They are each expected to have millions in their campaigns for the June 24 primary.

Del. Heather Mizeur is using the state’s public financing system. In an email Wednesday, her campaign said Mizeur and her running mate Delman Coates will file a report showing they have raised $1.46 million this cycle.

The filing period covers the past year.