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October 19, 2010

RGA getting jumpy in MD?

With three recent polls showing Gov. Martin O'Malley ahead of opponent Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.-- there's some evidence that the Republican Governors Association is pulling up some Maryland stakes and moving elsewhere.

The organization cut at least one ad buy that supported Ehrlich, a former MD governor, in expensive D.C. market, but the group is still committed in Baltimore. A poll released today by Patrick Gonzales shows O'Malley with a commanding 40 point lead in the D.C. suburbs.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a member of the RGA's executive committee, called late Monday after getting wind that The Sun was writing a story and said nothing should be read into week by week fluctuations with RGA ad buys. Early voting starts in Maryland this week.

He said the group, which just reported raising $31 million in three months, remains committed to Ehrlich and thinks he can win.

Most of this year's 37 governor's races are considered competitive and the RGA is also putting money into large and expensive states like California, Florida and Texas.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 8:02 AM | | Comments (2)
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It's not all about the money.
I convinced my liberal friend to stay home/or vote republican come election day because I was able to argue facts against O'Malley's lies.

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Facts = singing songs? Well, that ideology has not been reality-based for some time. At least you're consistent.

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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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