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The Washington Post

Trump to host fundraiser for Md. gubernatorial candidate Dan Cox


Former president Donald Trump is scheduled to host a fundraiser for Maryland GOP nominee Dan Cox subsequent month, in accordance with an invitation first published by the Hill.

The $1,776-per-person occasion, confirmed by The Washington Publish, will probably be held at Trump’s Mar-A-Largo property in Florida. It has the potential to provide Cox’s marketing campaign a much-needed monetary increase, as his Democratic opponent Wes Moore has outraised Cox 10 to 1.

Cox had simply $130,000 to spend as of late August, a sum that Republican operatives say shouldn’t be sufficient to finance a statewide mail marketing campaign.

The fundraiser reinforcing his ties to Trump comes as Cox has tried to reasonable his rhetoric, pivoting to a basic election the place simply 24 % of registered voters are Republicans. Trump’s approval scores within the deeply Democratic state stands at 32 percent, in accordance with a Goucher Ballot revealed earlier this week. The identical ballot reveals Moore with a 22-percentage point lead over Cox, with 9 % of voters undecided forward of the Nov. 8 election.

Trump’s endorsement within the major helped elevate Cox, a backbench freshman state lawmaker, to win the July major over the candidate endorsed by term-limited incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, a political foe of each Cox and Trump.

The Oct. 17 non-public cocktail reception at Trump’s former membership is marketed to rejoice Cox’s spouse, Valerie, on her forty sixth birthday. The invitation marketed a photograph with Trump and Cox for donors who increase $25,000. Maryland legislation caps particular person and enterprise donations to political candidates at $6,000 per cycle, leaving it unclear whether or not the pictures are reserved for bundlers.

Cox has constructed a marketing campaign round opposing pandemic-related restrictions and guarantees to “restore freedom” to the state. A part of that platform entails rising parental involvement in faculties — and limiting how public faculties can train gender and sexuality and the historical past of race. As a state delegate, Cox launched 14 payments that will prohibit or roll again entry to abortion and mentioned he has a “clear” file on the problem.

Moore’s platform guarantees to “go away nobody behind” by investing in training, job creation, the setting and attempting to resolve the state’s wealth hole, amongst different points. He has received the backing of the state’s Democratic institution, the police union, the lecturers union and most main environmental and labor teams.

“Election deniers stick collectively, and now Dan Cox goes all the way in which all the way down to Florida with lower than 50 days left within the election to kiss the ring,” Moore marketing campaign spokesman Carter Elliott IV mentioned in a press release. “These males aren’t patriots, they’re a hazard to our democracy. And, Dan Cox doing every part he can to cozy as much as Trump is an unimaginable menace to the way forward for Maryland.”

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