Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin of Maryland got a boost today from The Washington Post editorial board, which praised his “proven competence, integrity and depth” as a legislator and endorsed him for U.S. Senate.
Cardin is in a close primary race for the U.S. Senate seat being left open by the retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes. His main rival in the Sept. 12 primary wlil be former congressman and ex-NAACP director Kweisi Mfume.
A poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun in July showed Cardin leading Mfume, 32 percent to 28 percent, with a 4-point margin of error.
Either man would likely face a close general election contest against Republican Lt. Governor Michael Steele, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, which shows Cardin leading Steele 47% to 42%, and Mfume leading the Republican 46% to 44%.