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The Democratic field in Maryland's gubernatorial race has gotten crowded. But, the first to enter the contest was Alec Ross, formerly with the State Department under President Obama. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him during a visit to the Eastern Shore and talked about the issues, incumbent Republican Governor Larry Hogan and his own Democratic party.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for stricter gun laws says it will pump at least $1 million into state races in Virginia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is donating $450,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. It also plans to spend another $250,000 on campaign mailers to support him.

The group is also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid. The Democrat is facing attacks ads from the National Rifle Association.

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It was hot and sunny as people crowded into the 41st annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon.

Daniel Thompson, president of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were over 4-thousand pre-sold tickets with an expected 45-hundred more by the end of the day.

The Chamber had some 300 bushels of crabs on hand along with up to 334-thousand clams.

Of course, this is a semi-political event with Republican Governor Larry Hogan making his way through the crowd shaking hands with those gathered around the tables.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The FBI has raided the office of a Republican consulting firm in Maryland in connection with an investigation into the 2013 Virginia governor's race.

The FBI confirmed Thursday it served a search warrant in Annapolis, Maryland, but declined to elaborate. Kelley Rogers, president of Strategic Campaign Group, told reporters the investigation relates to work the consultant did for former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP's 2013 gubernatorial candidate.

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GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - The front-runner for the Republican nomination in Virginia's closely watched governor's race is expressing discomfort with series of vulgar and predatory comments about women President Donald Trump made in a recording 12 years ago.

Ed Gillespie said at a Republican debate Saturday in Goochland that he was offended by comments from a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about groping women.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Libertarian candidate for Virginia governor has ended his campaign.

The Daily Press reports Jason Carrier has dropped out.

Carrier said on his Facebook page that he had second thoughts about running and did not want to "waste good people's time and resources."

Libertarian state party chairman Bo Brown has said that the party will hold a convention later this year to nominate another candidate.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he won't run for governor in 2017.

Cuccinelli told The Associated Press on Saturday at a state GOP convention that he had decided not to run.

The outspoken conservative who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2013 said another gubernatorial campaign would be too taxing on his family life.

If he'd decided to run, Cuccinelli could have been a formidable challenge to other 2017 GOP gubernatorial hopefuls - former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman.

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Congressman John Carney pulled in more than $200-thousand at a fundraiser in Wilmington this week as he takes aim at the governor’s race.

The Delaware Democrat’s one night event at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington included two major Democratic notables Governor Jack Markell and Attorney General Matt Denn.

In addition the First State’s two Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons were also on hand.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the big money and big Democratic names are expected to scare off any Democratic challengers.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown is getting some fundraising help from Vice President Joe Biden.

Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall tells The Washington Post that Biden's appearance at a luncheon Tuesday in Georgetown should raise at least $300,000.

Biden is the second big name to assist the lieutenant governor in his bid to succeed Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for Brown in May.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan says he would push to eliminate Maryland's income tax on military pensions, if he is elected governor.

Hogan spoke Wednesday to the Maryland American Legion's annual convention in Ocean City.

He says veterans deserve much better than they have been getting from the state and federal government.

Hogan says veterans have earned the tax break. He also says the tax is bad economic policy.

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