With just days to go before Maryland's June 24 primary, many of the state’s gubernatorial candidates visited Ocean City to make their final plea to Eastern Shore voters.
Even though Maryland on the whole is considered a very Democratic state, the Eastern Shore has been historically conservative and has leaned to the right in gubernatorial elections for decades.
In the Republican primary, businessman Larry Hogan currently holds the lead according to recent polls by The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.
"Everywhere I go in rural Maryland people feel that there’s a huge disconnect between Annapolis and the rest of Maryland," Hogan says. "But farmers and waterman and small business people have been particularly singled out and it’s something that I'm extremely concerned about.”
The gubernatorial candidates were in Ocean City for the Maryland Municipal League meetings. Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Doug Gansler spoke about the struggle to reboot the coastal economy and his desire to bring manufacturing jobs back to the shore.
“When I'm governor we're going to bring jobs back to Maryland. We're going to go from an anti-business state to a pro-business state. We'll help build Salisbury, we'll help build up the jobs in Ocean City in the months when people aren't coming here for summer vacation," Gansler said.
While the Eastern Shore vote may not decide who wins either primary, voters on the shore will likely back the candidates with the best plans for bringing back good sustainable jobs and protecting the region’s big industries like agriculture and tourism.