WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Maryland’s primary election is just weeks away, on April 3. On top of Republicans selecting their nominee for president, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is trying to hold on to his seat.
Adam May has more.
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin faces a hard run of challenges in the upcoming primary. He’s considered a heavy favorite to win and return to Washington for another term.
“They are [tough] but I do look forward to a campaign,” Cardin said.
Speaking to WJZ outside the U.S. Capitol between votes, Cardin is gearing up for his first re-election to the U.S. Senate. His first TV ad is now on air, an emotional story about a child who died from an infected tooth.
“A national program that guarantees every child access to dental care. I’m very proud of that accomplishment,” Cardin said. “I’m leader of preserving the Chesapeake Bay, working hard to preserve it for future generations.”
“I think Senator Cardin goes with the Democratic party,” said state Senator Anthony Muse.
Muse is running against Cardin in the primary.
“He’s been in office 45 years and he’s part of the status quo and people are looking for change,” Muse said.
But Cardin has a long list of endorsements from Democratic leaders, including the president, who’s campaigning for Cardin Thursday.
“I think it’s important for Democrats to know we have unity in our state,” Cardin said.
Republicans will also be selecting their Senate candidate in the primary. The candidates include Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent from Anne Arundel County, who’s looking for a major upset.
Early voting in the primary begins March 24.