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The poll that said Montgomery still recognizes the name Douglas M. Duncan cost the former county executive’s campaign more than $30,000.

January campaign finance reports showed Duncan’s campaign paid $33,000 last May to Hickman Analytics of Chevy Chase for “cell and landline sample polling.”

When Duncan announced his race to supporters at a November breakfast, sources said he referenced a poll that showed him with favorable ratings.

His pollster Harrison Hickman, who has worked for Al Gore’s and John Edwards’ presidential campaigns, discussed at the meeting a poll this year that showed Duncan had strong name recognition and favorability ratings, according to the Washington Post.

And that breakfast? It ran Duncan’s campaign about $3,500, according to the report.

Duncan, who has not responded to requests for comment since announcing his campaign, did not return calls seeking comment.

Among the rest of the pack, Councilman Philip M. Andrew (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg has raked in about $50,000 toward his race for the county’s top spot.

Andrews’ January campaign report reflected a $53,225.74 balance in his campaign account, up from the $0 balance he had at the start of last year.

Current County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who is weighing a possible third term despite previous assertions he will end his tenure in 2014, boasted a $418,815 balance heading into 2013, more than any other declared candidate for his job. However, the only receipts on Leggett’s account were interest dividends.

The account for Councilman George L. Leventhal (D-At large) of Takoma Park increased a bit, from about $47,000 in November 2012 to nearly $50,000 in January.

kalexander@gazette.net