It feels as if the state has been in the throes of the governor's race for months, but neither major candidate has made it official with the State Board of Elections. That changes tomorrow when Gov. Martin O'Malley files his paperwork.
O'Malley and Democratic supporters, including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, are gathering at state party headquarters on West Street in Annapolis and "marching" to the nearby elections board office, according to a release O'Malley's campaign just put out.
Double bonus pun: Headquarters for the Maryland Democratic Party is directly above Rams Head Tavern, where O'Malley's March -- the governor's band -- occasionally plays.
No word yet on when the main Republican contender, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., will file, but it's likely to be close to the July 6 deadline. Ehrlich has promised to give up his WBAL radio show once he becomes official, meaning he has three on-air appearances left if he waits until the last minute.
Republican Brian Murphy and Democrat Ralph Jaffe are among those officially in the governor's race, according to this handy list of candidates updated weekly by the State Board of Elections.