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Ahead Of Primary Day, Cardin's Lead In Maryland's Attorney General Race Tightens

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In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, Maryland state Rep. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County, speaks at a news conference in Baltimore to announce a bill that would criminalize revenge porn.
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In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, Maryland state Rep. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore County, speaks at a news conference in Baltimore to announce a bill that would criminalize revenge porn.

Tomorrow is the primary election in Maryland. This month, we've been profiling candidates and races. Today, we wrap up those profiles with a look at the Democratic primary for attorney general.

Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin would like to be talking about his work in the legislature fighting Internet crimes like cyber-bullying and revenge porn. But he's had to address questions regarding several controversies, including his attendance on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee he served on in Annapolis. His opponents claim Cardin missed 75 percent of the votes on that committee. Cardin counters that his absences did not affect whether any bill passed or failed.

"And I did not miss one sub-committee meeting. Like every working parent, I strive to balance my responsibilities as a father, a husband, and as a legislator. I am committed to doing 100 percent of the work. And then going home to my family and dealing with our health concerns in the evening," he says.

Cardin has led in the polls throughout the race, but it has gotten tighter as primary day nears. The last poll from The Washington Post showed Cardin's lead over Montgomery County Sen. Brian Frosh within the survey's statistical margin of error. Frosh has seized on Cardin's woes, taking shots at them as well as touting his long service in Annapolis, which included ushering through Maryland's sweeping gun control bill last year.

"I can promise you that I will show up every day. And I will work hard for you. As attorney general, I will continue to make Maryland safer. That's why police, corrections officers, state's attorneys, and sheriffs across the state have endorsed me," he says.

Prince George's County delegate Aisha Braveboy does not have the campaign money her two opponents do, so she is focusing on getting a big turnout from her home county, which has the largest number of registered Democrats in the state. She wants to focus on wage theft and foreclosures.

"Protecting wealth and economic opportunity will be my top priorities as your next attorney general. For most Maryland families, their wealth is found in their jobs and in their homes," she says.

The winner of the Democratic primary faces Republican Jeffrey Pritzker in the fall.

To compare the candidates and print out a ballot for the June 24 primary, visit WAMU.org/Vote.

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