Ehrlich reports raising $2.8 million
The Republican former governor, down in recent polls, has been raising significant amounts of campaign money, his aides say. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and running mate Mary Kane have collected more than $2.8 million since the end of August, said Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell.
The pair had about $1.77 million* left in the bank as of Sunday night, Fawell said, adding that 98 percent of the money raised came from Maryland families and small businesses and that the campaign took out no loans.
"This strong showing demonstrates that Maryland families and small businesses continue to embrace Bob Ehrlich’s vision of strong leadership to create more jobs, lower taxes, and hold the line on government spending," Fawell said in an email.
There might be a damage-control aspect to releasing the numbers this morning.
Also out this morning is a Gonzales poll showing Gov. Martin O'Malley ahead by five points -- the third survey in recent weeks with the Democratic incumbent leading Ehrlich. And yesterday, we reported that the cash-flush Republican Governors Association had cut at least one ad buy for Ehrlich.
The last campaign finance reporting period before the Nov. 2 election closed Sunday night. Reports are due just before midnight Saturday to the State Board of Elections, meaning we might not see the official documents until this weekend or early next week.
O'Malley's campaign hasn't released his numbers yet, but as of the last reporting period, which became public in early September, he had $6.5 million in the bank, compared to Ehrlich's $2.5 million at the time.
* Corrected from earlier posting.