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The calculus of Democratic politics in Maryland has alway involved three essential components: Montgomery County, Prince George's County and the city of Baltimore.

Now with one Democratic candidate for governor, Doug Duncan, hailing from Montgomery County and the other, Martin O'Malley, coming from Baltimore, the contest is on in Prince George's.

The President's Day weekend brought news conferences there from both candidates, who were rolling out endorsements.

On Monday, Mayor O'Malley announced support from 12 past and present Prince George's County elected officials, seeking to show he will be competitive in a jurisdiction that is home to more Democrats than any other in Maryland.
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"Martin O'Malley understands the challenges of Prince George's County because he has faced similar challenges in Baltimore," said Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz (D) at a news conference with O'Malley and his running mate, Prince George's Del. Anthony G. Brown (D).

The announcement followed a Saturday event held by Duncan, spotlighting 24 officials representing parts of Prince George's County who have endorsed Duncan's bid for governor.

Prince George's is considered particularly important to Duncan's primary prospects because it borders Montgomery and is part of the same Washington media market. Advisers to O'Malley, who is far better known in the expansive Baltimore market, acknowledge he must do well in Prince George's, but they cite scenarios in which O'Malley could win the primary even if he lost the county to Duncan.

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Those coming out for O'Malley included five Democratic state delegates: Joanne C. Benson, James W. Hubbard, Doyle L. Niemann, Rosetta C. Parker and Veronica L. Turner. He also won the backing of District Heights Vice Mayor James L. Walls Jr. and District Heights Commissioner Eddie L. Martin, as well as four former elected officials.
former delegate Kerry Hill, former Bladensburg mayor Robert McGrory, former delegate Darren Swain, former Riverdale Park mayor Guy Tiberio.

Duncan's endorsements included
Rep. Albert Wynn
Rep. Chris Van Hollen
County Councilman Thomas R. Hendershot, District 3
Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt, District 47
Del. Carolyn JB Howard, District 24, Chair, Prince George's County House Delegation
Del. Barbara A. Frush, District 21
Del. Brian R. Moe, District 21
Del. Marvin A. Holmes, Jr., District 23B
Del. Mary Conroy, District 23A
Del. Melony G. Griffith, District 25
Bowie City Councilmember At-Large Kevin Conroy
College Park City Councilmember Joseline Pena-Melnyck
New Carrollton City Council Chairman David Anderson
North Brentwood Mayor Lillian Beverley
Seat Pleasant City Councilmember Elenora Simms
Landover Hills Mayor Lee Walker
Cheverly City Councilmember Micah Watson
Capitol Heights Mayor Emeritus Vivian M. Dodson
Seat Pleasant City Councilmember Kelly Porter
Former Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Kennedy
Fairmount Heights Mayor Lillie Thompson-Martin
University Park Mayor John Brunner
Eagle Harbor Mayor Joseph Lomax, Jr.
Capitol Heights Mayor Joyce Nixon

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 20, 2006; 6:46 PM ET
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Comments

Just how exactly did Ehrlich "weigh in"? He said nothing.

Posted by: molly Bloom | February 21, 2006 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why Duncan isn't a slam dunk here. MoCo has great schools; Duncan has a great record on economic development; Duncan is the only no-slots candidate. O'Malley is charming and charismatic. But darn if Duncan doesn't just get things done. I hope the campaign gets more traction.

Posted by: Prince George's voter | February 21, 2006 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The campaign has clearly gotten traction. County Executive Duncan received 24 endorsements from PG County. That's great! His campaign has taken off.. You should take a look at his website- www.dougduncan.com

Yay Doug!

Posted by: Veronica | February 23, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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