Earth To Bob Ehrlich: Maryland Sixth Bluest U.S. State
The buzz around this week's meeting of the Republican National Committee in Washington is that former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has been bragging about recent polling that shows him with 61 percent voter approval in the state.
But before the Republican decides to jump into a rematch next year with Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, he might want to take a look at some other numbers, just released by the Gallup organization.
The independent, nonpartisan polling operation took a long look at the leanings of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and ranked Maryland as the sixth most Democratic state in the nation.
The rankings were based on more than 350,000 telephone interviews, in which Americans were asked which party they identify with or lean toward.
In Maryland, Democrats held a lopsided 26-point advantage in party affiliation over the Republicans, a finding that probably doen't come as much of a shock to Ehrlich or astute readers of this blog.
In ranking the top ten Democratic states, Maryland tied with Connecticut for sixth, behind Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont and New York. The District of Columbia, which is in a class by itself, had a 75 percent Democratic advantage.
Only five states were rated as solidly Republican by Gallup, led by Utah, which tilts Republicans by a 23 percentage point margin.
The entire report can be found here.