The four-way race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general became a three-person contest Tuesday night as Del. C. William Frick dropped his faltering campaign.
Frick, 39, withdrew his candidacy Tuesday night -- about an hour before the 9 p.m. filing deadline. He immediately signed up to run for re-election to the Montgomery County House seat he has held for the past two terms.
"My two terms in the House have been exceptional," Frick said in an emailed statement. "I’ve been a part of a team that has enacted marriage equality for all Maryland couples, repealed the death penalty, protected consumers from abuses, and begun the task of reforming our tax code."
Frick's decision is not entirely a surprise. He is a well-regarded legislator who has been given some plum assignments by House Speaker Michael E. Busch. Nevertheless, his statewide candidacy to succeed Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who is running for governor, never caught on. His fund-raising fell far behind that of two of his rivals, Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County and Del. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County. He took in more money than Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County, who remains in the race.
A recent Baltimore Sun Poll put Braveboy's support at 4 percent and Frick's at 3 percent. Cardin led the poll with 13 percent in a race in which almost 7 in 10 Democratic voters are undecided. Frosh polled at only 6 percent, but as the fund-raising leader will have the opportunity to build his name recognition.