By Mary Bubala

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new Baltimore Sun/University of Baltimore poll reveals a new leader in the Maryland race for the U.S. Senate.

Mary Bubala has the latest.

With just seven weeks until the primary, a new poll shows representatives Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen are no longer locked in a dead heat. The poll by Opinion Works shows Donna Edwards has pulled ahead with 34 percent to Chris Van Hollen’s 28 percent.

“Donna Edwards has done a very good job of making a move in this race. She is now in front and this is a solid lead,” said Steve Raabe, Opinion Works’ president.

Edwards has been running a marathon campaign to get Baltimore votes, as has Van Hollen, as they seek the seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Raabe says just four months ago, Van Hollen was leading the polls here but he’s slipped as Edwards seems to make a stronger connection with voters.

“I think her personal biography and maybe the support of some national funders like Emily’s List have moved her numbers and she’s really in a much stronger position,” Raabe said.

But with 31 percent still undecided, Raabe says the race is not a lock for Edwards.

This is one of the closest Senate democratic primary races in the country. Voters head to the polls on April 26.

As part of our community commitment, WJZ will broadcast a series of candidate forums in late March and early April.

Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards will appear together on Monday, March 28, at 7 p.m. on WJZ.

The forum is being sponsored by WJZ, along with our partners, The Baltimore Sun, the University of Baltimore and the League of Women Voters.

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