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October 29, 2010

O'Malley rallies base in Prince George's Co.

Democrats deployed green-shirted troops and signs to vote-thick Prince George's County yesterday, the final day of early voting. Gov. Martin O'Malley joined his supporters there in the evening for a series of cautiously optimistic rallies, as he enters the final weekend of the campaign trail.

O'Malley rendezvoused with Teamsters, members of his 1,000 Women for O'Malley group and others in a Bowie parking lot just after 5:30 p.m. The women erupted into a "four more years chant," but O'Malley -- who'd been in Hagerstown, Columbia and Baltimore earlier that day -- interrupted them: "But only four more days."

That evening, Route 450 was dotted with O'Malley sign-wavers. They repurposed giant Steny Hoyer for Congress signs to advertise early voting in thick black hand writing. They also hoisted huge "We've got your back" Obama signs urging passers-by to vote Democrat.

Later, O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown held a pep rally in the parking lot of the Bowie Library, the state's top early voting center in the primary and one of the leading spots in the general election, too. As they spoke, the line of early voters wrapped around the building.

Mayors of local municipalities extolled the Democratic gubernatorial candidate on loud speaker. "Don't be down, O'Malley-Brown's in town!" Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz cheered.

Brown and O'Malley used the occasion as a warning that they can't take their projected lead (double digits over Republican former Gov, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in three recent polls) for granted.

"We've got the ball,"  Brown said in a lengthy football analogy. "But we've got to play like we're down." He called O'Malley the "best quarterback" in the country.

O'Malley continued the admonishment: "I have a friend. His name is Ray Mabus."

Telling a story he also used in speeches earlier in the day, O'Malley explained that Mabus, now U.S. secretary of the Navy,  was a one-term governor of Mississippi. Going into the home stretch of his reelection campaign, Mabus was "15 points up in the polls," O'Malley said.

But his supporters got too comfortable, O'Malley said, and he lost on Election Day.

To avoid a similar fate, the O'Malley campaign will be working overtime for the next four days. Brown called for 6,000 volunteers to pitch in and said the campaign hoped to make 150,000 phone calls to voters this week.

On Election Day, O'Malley said, as many as 20 sound trucks -- a tradition in East and West Baltimore -- will deploy across the state. 

"It's a mad dash to the end," O'Malley said. Today, he spends much of his day in Montgomery County.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 8:45 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010
        

Comments

How come O'Malley doesn't talk about how his family is taking $2.5M from taxpayers?
http://redmaryland.blogspot.com/2010/10/omalley-family-loves-your-money.html

If O'Malley gets elected you will see more poverty. There is no coincidence that his first law was the right for convicts to vote. Soon after he trashed the Chesapeake Bay funds, that prompted a take over from the Federal Government.

He is trashing MD.

A few more days and we will be rid of Bob Ehrlich and his nasty posters like these.

Ehrlich is toast. Back to his radio show he goes. Pretty strange for him to run a campaign just hoping black folks in the city wouldn't bother to vote.

anyone ever been through PG recently? Its a cesspool quite frankly and if thats the model for this state, then go ahead and expand early voting so we can drive bribe and trick every breathing body in pg to vote. Dems job much easier now. Funny tho, the last counts will always come from pg and balt city.

Dunn,

Instead of sharing your asinine opinions here, why don't you go back to pestering the Real Estate Wonk blog or drunk dialing the Sun newsroom late at night to whine about how they're trying to ruin your career as a realtor?

Funny, You take PG & Balt. City out of the equation, Ehrlich wins by 10 points!!
Ehrlich won 19 of 24 Counties.
We need the Electorial College system!!!!!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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