Poll shows exec race tightening in Howard
A Howard County poll taken for a Republican candidate late last month shows incumbent County Executive Ken Ulman, a Democrat, with an eight point lead over Republican challenger Trent Kittleman, a sign, pollster Patrick Gonzales said, that the national uptick in Republican voting combined with a decline in Democrats is changing the dynamics from 2006.
The poll taken from September 22 to 27 using 381 voters, showed Ulman with 49 percent to Kittleman's 41 percent, with 10 percent undecided. Gonzales said the dynamics this year are working against Democrats, given that their turnout in last month's primary was down 19 percent in Howard compared with 2006, while 26% more Republicans voted this year compared to four years ago.
Ulman's campaign said he had a similar poll done August 30 to September 1 with 400 voters that showed him with a 62 percent margin over Kittleman's 29%.
Len Lazarick of MarylandReporter.com first reported the new figures this morning.
Kittleman, a former Ehrlich administration transportation official running a lightly funded, grassroots campaign, has never been elected to public office, but that may be an advantage this year, she believes.
"I was delighted to hear the numbers," she said Thursday morning. the poll shows Ulman leading in the three county council districts that include Columbia, but trailing in two others covering the western county and Ellicott City/ Elkridge.