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Brown, Mizeur close in Young Democrats straw poll

26 March 2014 By Brandon Wharton, Staff Writer No Comments

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) narrowly won this year’s straw poll at the Young Democrats of Maryland annual convention.

Each of the candidates fielded questions about why they are best suited to succeed the term-limited incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Towson Student and Chief of Staff for the Young Democrats of Maryland, Tishan Weerasooriya, said that the straw poll was an “accurate representation of the youth vote.”

Brown, who is widely seen as the frontrunner for the democratic nomination, finished just five votes ahead of Del. Heather Mizeur, whose campaign has gained traction in recent months.

Mizeur has continuously campaigned on a number of issues that appeal to young voters including education reform and the legalization of marijuana.

Perry Wheeler, who co-leads Mizeur’s youth effort, said that she laid out a vision that connects with young voters.

“She’s running to return integrity to a political process that so often lacks it,” he said.

Attorney General Doug Gansler finished a distant third.

Both Brown and Gansler have already begun ad campaigns on local television stations highlighting their accomplishments and plans if elected governor.

Democrats in Maryland outnumber Republicans with a 2-to-1 ratio, which provides the winner of the June 24 primary with a substantial advantage in the general election.

A debate that will be broadcast on stations in the Baltimore area will take place in May.

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