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With less than three weeks until the Sept. 12 primary, candidates across the state are announcing endorsments to bolster their campaigns.

U.S. Senate race: Democrat Kweisi Mfume will pick up an endorsement from former governor and fellow Democrat Parris N. Glendening at an Annapolis news conference today.

"Kweisi Mfume will be an important and articulate voice on so many of these issues that are just crucial to us today," Glendening said in an interview yesterday. "I want that forceful voice on the floor of the Senate speaking for me."

Comptroller's race: Democratic Challenger Peter Franchot yesterday announced the endorsement of Baltimore's Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical clergy federation that wants to see incumbent William Donald Schaefer defeated in the primary.

"I think Schaefer's time is up," the Rev. William C. Calhoun, president of the alliance, said of the former Baltimore mayor and governor who has held elective office for 50 years. "We need someone who is mature for that office. ..... The silliness that goes on at the public works meetings, that's not what we see in a statesman."

Franchot also used the occasion to reiterate his opposition to slot machine gambling and say that he would use the comptroller's position on the state Board of Public Works to fight against bringing slots back to Maryland.

Governor's race: Democrat Martin O'Malley picked up support from the Sierra Club in his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the November election.

"Thank goodness the job of governor is a temporary job," O'Malley told a few dozen supporters gathered at Centennial Lakes Park for the environmental group's announcement yesterday.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  August 24, 2006; 6:09 AM ET
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