Martin O'Malley Has Early Lead in Washington Post Poll

Posted on May 11, 2010

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This just in:  A new Washington Post poll shows Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown with an early 49 to 41 percent  lead among registered voters over former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and his running mate, “Who?”  O’Malley and Brown are the Democrats; Ehrlich and Who are the Republicans in the 2010 Maryland election.

Here’s the catch:  Among voters who say they are certain to vote, the poll finds O’Malley and Ehrlich dead even.

The take-away:  It’s going to be long, tough election. The O’Malley campaign needs to close the sale with Democratic voters, and persuade unaffiliated voters (independents).  Ehrlich will likely resort to negative advertising to try to bring O’Malley down.

O’Malley will probably hold a small but significant lead on Election Day in November, so the deciding factor will  be an organizational effort that makes sure every O’Malley supporter turns out and votes.

You can see details of the poll here.

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