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Annual crab bake has less star power than usual

Wednesday - 7/16/2014, 6:22pm  ET

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, center, poses for a picture at the 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Crisfield, Md. The event is known for having a strong political flavor. It’s also an election year in Maryland, and that tends to draw even more people who are running for office. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) -- An all-you-can-eat seafood festival that often draws Maryland's leading political candidates has wrapped up, with a little less star power than usual.

The 38th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake was held Wednesday afternoon in Crisfield. This year was unusual because Maryland's primary was held before the event in June, rather than in September as in past elections.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is running for governor, was scheduled to attend, but he did not make the trip. His campaign says Brown and running mate Ken Ulman attended a funeral in Baltimore County.

His Republican opponent, Larry Hogan, attended the event after announcing plans to eliminate income taxes on the pensions of veterans in Ocean City.


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