ANNAPOLIS — State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola received a late campaign boost Thursday by winning the endorsement of Gov. Martin O’Malley in the race for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District seat.
Garagiola and John Delaney have sparred almost daily for the Democratic nomination, which will be decided in Tuesday’s primary.
They also have tried to outdo each other in endorsements, with Garagiola getting the backing of numerous labor unions, progressive groups and elected officials, and Delaney winning support from former President Bill Clinton, Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot and two newspaper editorial boards.
The Democratic nominee will face the winner of an eight-way Republican race in November. U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., is trying to win an 11th term.
“I feel I’m the best candidate to take on Roscoe Bartlett. I think he’s going to be the nominee,” Garagiola said. “We’ll see. We’ll let the voters decide.”
“At this critically important time, when people are now paying attention, I wanted to throw my support, my personal support, behind Senator Garagiola,” O’Malley said.