Second poll out showing O'Malley momentum
A just-released Rasmussen Reports poll shows Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley with an eight-point advantage over Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a lead that comes after months of polls by the firm that had the race in a dead heat.
The results prompted Rasmussen, which some consider a Republican-friendly firm, to reclassify the governor's race from "toss-up" to "leans Democratic." Other groups, including The Cook Political Report, still regard the race as a toss-up.
It's the second poll out in the past week to show O'Malley gaining momentum as the governor's race enters its final month. A Washington Post poll published Sept. 29 gave O'Malley an 11-point advantage over Ehrlich among likely voters. An earlier poll by the newspaper had the candidates tied among likely voters.
Henry Fawell, a spokesman for the Ehrlich campaign, said the candidate continues to find enthusiasm on the campaign trail. He had a large roast over the weekend in Baltimore County, attended by 3,000 or so supporters, and will soon roll out details of a busy final month schedule, Fawell said.
"It is clear as Bob Ehrlich travels that state meeting with everyday Marylanders that their concerns remain the stagnant economy and a tax burden that makes it harder to pay bill," Fawell said. "They're aligned with Ehrlich's message of more jobs and lower taxes."
O'Malley yesterday launched his "On Your Side Express," an RV tour replete with a traveling kitchen table.