- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2006

Kweisi Mfume needs high voter turnout in places like Prince George’s County to have any chance of winning the Democratic primary race for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Last night, Mr. Mfume paid homage to the Prince George’s political machine that’s been built by County Executive Jack Johnson, stopping by a Largo office park to ask between 300 and 400 Johnson volunteers for their support.

Mr. Johnson endorsed Mr. Mfume, past president of the NAACP and a former congressman, last year, and has pledged to help turnout voters for Mr. Mfume.

“It’s an extremely important organization here in the county,” Mr. Mfume told me. “There are a number of good people that believe in the political process that are involved in the county executive’s campaign.”

Mr. Mfume has been unable to raise the money necessary for substantial TV commercials, or for campaign staff, raising only $1.1 million over almost 17 months. So he has been forced to rely in large part on the political operation built by Mr. Johnson.

He’s also tapping the resources of Rep. Albert Wynn, Prince George’s Democrat, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Democrat, both of whom endorsed Mr. Mfume last week.

Mr. Mfume’s opponent, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a 10-term congressman, has raised $5.5 million during the last 16 months.

— Jon Ward, Maryland correspondent, The Washington Times

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