The Senate re-election campaign of Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is set for a boost next week with a planned endorsement by Baltimore’s Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA).

The IMA endorsement comes after the influential group of Baltimore based ministers interviewed both Cardin and state Sen. C. Anthony Muse, a Ft. Washington, Md. veteran of the state legislature, who just last month announced his challenge of the incumbent in the upcoming April 3 primary.

Muse is one of eight Democrats challenging Cardin. His campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the pending endorsement by the IMA.

Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr, IMA president, will lead a delegation of the alliance to deliver the endorsement, an event scheduled for Feb. 20 at Gwynn’s Friendship Baptist Church on Loch Raven Boulevard at 2 p.m.

The IMA’s embrace of Cardin’s re-election bid comes as campaign finance data for the two-term senator shows that he has 175 percent more in his re-election bid coffers than his best known Republican opponent, according to the Washington Post. At the end of 2011, Cardin had raised an estimated $2.6 million. Ex-Secret Service agent Daniel Bongino, a GOP hopeful, had about $61,000.