More than six months before the filing deadline, a crowd of candidates has lined up to replace outgoing Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, in what analysts say could be one of the most expensive primary races in state history.
The experience and sheer number of candidates could lead to a record-breaking contest, one that outpaces the Democratic primary in 2014 when Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and state Del. Heather Mizeur collectively raised more than $20 million, according to state election officials.
“This is going to be a high-dollar affair,” said Mileah Kromer, an associate political science professor and director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.