Scoop: Alsobrooks Has Narrow Edge Over Edwards in Prince George’s Poll

The 2018 Democratic primary for Prince George’s County executive will be a tight race between State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and former U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, a month-old poll suggests – assuming Edwards enters the contest.

Both women are very popular with the electorate, and the primary will probably be decided by voters who like them both, the survey found.

The poll, obtained by Maryland Matters, showed Alsobrooks with a small but statistically insignificant lead over Edwards in a hypothetical four-way primary. State Sen. Anthony Muse trailed far behind, and former Obama administration official Paul Monteiro was barely known by Democratic voters.

Angela Alsobrooks

The poll was conducted for the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable by Gonzales Research & Media Services. It surveyed 407 registered Democrats from Sept. 1-7 and carried a 5-point margin of error.

In the initial ballot test, Alsobrooks was favored by 37 percent of Democrats, compared to 33 percent for Edwards, 8 percent for Muse and 1 percent for Monteiro. Twenty-one percent of survey respondents were undecided.

Both Alsobrooks and Edwards are very well known and quite popular, the poll found.

Alsobrooks was recognized by 80 percent of Prince George’s Democratic primary voters; 60 percent viewed her favorably, while only 4 percent had an unfavorable opinion. Sixteen percent of poll respondents had a neutral view of her.

When it comes to Alsobrooks’ performance as state’s attorney, 76 percent approved and only 3 percent disapproved, while 21 percent did not evaluate her job performance. Alsobrooks is completing her second term as the county’s top prosecutor.

Edwards, who lost a bid for U.S. Senate last year after eight years in the House, is also well-liked. Two-thirds of Prince George’s Democrats viewed her favorably, and just 6 percent viewed her unfavorably. A quarter of voters had a neutral opinion of Edwards, and only 3 percent of those queried did not recognize her name.

Muse, a prominent minister who is finishing his third term in the state Senate and also served four years in the House of Delegates, was seen favorably by 39 percent of voters. Eight percent had an unfavorable view, 35 percent had a neutral opinion of him, and 18 percent didn’t recognize Muse’s name. Monteiro, a newcomer to Prince George’s politics, was unknown to 84 percent of the electorate.

It is unclear whether Edwards will join the race for county executive. She has publicly acknowledged that she is eager to return to public service and is publicly contemplating becoming a candidate. Several unions and progressive groups are urging her to run.

“When Donna Edwards formally enters, the 2018 county executive election will become a fierce contest,” pollster Patrick Gonzales wrote in a memo to the leaders of the business group. “Since the two frontrunners are very popular among voters, the election will ultimately be decided by the bloc that likes them both. Currently, Angela Alsobrooks enjoys a 52% to 22% lead over Donna Edwards amongst Prince George’s Democratic primary voters who have a ‘very favorable’ opinion of both candidates.”

Josh Kurtz
Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.


  1. Both women are extraordinary inviduals, however, Angela should be the democratic choice of voters given her dedication to public service and her vision to lead PG forward! Congresswoman Edwards should have never left Congress in my opinion, knowing that the democratic establishment was not going to back her over their darling Chris Van Hollen. Unfortunately, the “progressive party” tends to only desire the votes of black folks, but when it comes time to support their candidacy statewide, they look the other way, i.e. Donna in 2016, Aisha Braveboy in 2014, Kweisi Mfume in 2006, and the list goes on and on! Since the day I met Angela, when she was thinking about running for State’s Attorney, I knew than what I will say now, she will be Maryland’s first African American Governor – and the first black to be elected to a statewide seat! (That last sentence says a lot about just how far we need to go in regards to race relations within the democratic party)!!


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