The Washington Post

Raskin endorses Elrich for county executive

- — Karina Elwood

Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-MD.) endorsed Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich in his bid for reelection Saturday with days left in the highly competitiv­e primary contest to lead Maryland’s most populous county.

Raskin stopped by an Elrich canvassing launch on Saturday afternoon to share his support.

“I’ve known Marc for most of my life. He’s always the same Marc,” Raskin said. “We can count on him.”

The Democratic primary winner traditiona­lly clinches general-election victory in the deep-blue county. Fresh polls from Data for Progress, a liberal policy and polling organizati­on, show Elrich neck and neck with businessma­n David Blair, who came within 77 votes of defeating Elrich in 2018. Term-limited County Council member Hans Riemer (D-AT Large) and Peter James, the chief executive of a robotics company, also are vying to unseat Elrich.

Raskin said he was motivated to share his support for Elrich after seeing so many attack ads in the race.

“It’s totally within the spirit of democracy to have a vigorous fair fight, but I just have a problem with negative politics, especially paid for by outside big money. I think that makes it that makes it a lopsided contest,” Raskin said in an interview Sunday. “So, I just decided that I would come out and tell people how I’m voting.”

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