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Hey, Wasn’t Martin O’Malley Supposed to be a Frontrunner?



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The last time Maryland’s Martin O’Malley led a poll over Republican former governor Bob Ehrlich was May 4. There have been three polls since then, including this one out from Rasmussen this morning:

The race for governor of Maryland remains a close one, with incumbent Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican challenger Bob Ehrlich in a virtual tie again this month.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Maryland finds Ehrlich with 47% support to O’Malley’s 46%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) remain undecided.

Ehrlich’s leads are tiny, and I think he’ll have to get over voter skepticism that another term for him would be a rerun of the years from 2002 to 2006, when his agenda was largely stymied by a heavily Democratic state legislature. On the other hand, Marylanders can see what all-Democratic governance is getting them now . . .


Tags: Bob Ehrlich , Martin O'Malley


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