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“Anyone who knows Ben Cardin knows that he’s a man of family and faith,” said Cardin spokesman Oren Shur.

“There will be a lot of ads on the airwaves this year, but at the end of the day, Marylanders in all communities are looking for a change from President Bush’s failed policies,” Mr. Shur added.

Mr. Cardin has led Mr. Steele in polls by an average of 10 points.

Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, campaigned with Mr. Cardin yesterday.

Mr. Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, joined Mr. Cardin at a discussion with minority business owners in Prince George’s County. He also attended a rally at the party’s Montgomery County headquarters in Bethesda.

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign Thursday for Mr. Cardin.