Curran, Goldstein show strong leads in poll CAMPAIGN 1994

September 02, 1994|By Marina Sarris Brock family business gets bid from Brach

The Democratic incumbents for Maryland attorney general and comptroller continue to hold significant leads against their opponents in the primary and general elections, a new statewide poll shows.

If the Democratic primary were held now, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. would receive 34 percent of the vote, Eleanor M. Carey 17 percent and Patrick J. Smith 7 percent. The poll found 42 percent of the Democratic voters were undecided. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 percent.

The telephone poll was conducted Aug. 26 through Aug. 28 by Mason-Dixon Political Media Research in Columbia for The Sun and other news organizations. Pollsters interviewed 489 Democrats, 261 Republicans and 74 independents who said they vote regularly in state elections.

In a general election matchup, Mr. Curran was leading the sole Republican candidate, Richard D. Bennett, 46 percent to 21 percent. Thirty-three percent of the voters were undecided.

Mr. Bennett would stand a somewhat better shot if Ms. Carey were the Democratic nominee. In that race, 37 percent of the voters polled chose Ms. Carey, 23 percent selected Mr. Bennett and 40 percent were undecided.

In both instances, the margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

In the comptroller's race, the nine-term incumbent, Democrat Louis L. Goldstein, had a large lead over both his primary and general election opponents.

If the Democratic primary were held now, Mr. Goldstein would beat James B. Moorhead, 61 percent to 9 percent. Thirty percent were undecided.

In the Republican primary, Richard Taylor and Tim Mayberry are running virtually neck and neck, with 61 percent of the GOP voters undecided.

In a general election matchup between Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Taylor, the incumbent would receive 58 percent of the vote and Mr. Taylor 16 percent. Only 26 percent were undecided.

In a deal that could mean millions of dollars for Senate Republican hopeful Bill Brock, the candy company founded by his grandfather -- and the source of Mr. Brock's personal fortune -- announced yesterday that it would be acquired by another candy maker.

Mr. Brock owns about 300,000 shares in his family's Brock Candy Co. If the deal goes through, he would get $6 million. Ruthann Aron, a Republican rival, has tried to make Mr. Brock's already considerable wealth an issue in the campaign with television ads calling him a "millionaire heir."

Bill Brock is not involved with the management of the candy maker, which is run by his brother Pat Brock.

The offer of $20 per share from E. J. Brach exceeded the $14 to $16 bid that several analysts had said Brock could fetch. If approved by Brock shareholders, the $140 million deal could be completed as early as November. The new company would be called Brach and Brock Confections Inc.

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