On the Road...And the Airwaves
Democratic Senate candidate Ben Cardin began his advertising campaign in the Washington media market today, airing a biographical ad on network TV.
Two other Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate--American University Professor Allan Lichtman and Montgomery County businessman Joshua Rales-- are trying to jump-start their long-shot bids this week with bus tours across the state. A third, Dennis Rasmussen, is traveling by boat and Winnebago around the state this week.
With just four weeks until the Sept. 12 primary, Cardin and former congressman Kweisi Mfume are leading the field of 18 candidates, but polls show many of the voters remain undecided. Cardin began advertising in the Baltimore media market last week with a spot highlighting his 40 years in Maryland politics--20 of that in Annapolis and another 20 in Congress. He'll run the same ad on Washington networks, spending about $240,000 on the four networks this week.
Rales, a millionaire real estate investor from Potomac, launched an aggressive television advertising campaign across the state last month and promises to stay on the air through the primary. He's augmenting that with his his "Driving Change" bus tour that started Friday in Silver Spring and will end in Baltimore this Sunday.
The tour brought him to Southern Maryland today and will take him elsewhere in the Washington region later this week.
Lichtman, a history professor at American University and CNN analyst, bought a yellow propane-powered school bus that he has painted for the campaign, hoping to reinforce Lichtman's experience as a lifetime educator.
The "BUSting into the Capitol Tour," kicked off today in Annapolis, where Lichtman planned to wave at street corners in the morning, campaign door-to-door, host a luncheon at Phillips Seafood Restaurant at the City Dock and meet with local business owners.
Rasmussen, a former Baltimore County executive, starts tomorrow morning in Timonium addressing a seniors group. Later in the day he'll take a 47-foot yacht from Middle River to the Baltimore Harbor, where he'll continue his campaigning before being picked up by his Winnebago.
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