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November 2, 2010

Maryland election 2010: O'Malley 'proud of the campaign we've run'

Swinging by a poll in Columbia about an hour ago, Gov. Martin O'Malley posed for photos with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman volunteers and thanked election judges before hitting the trail again. The Democratic incumbent's hectic final campaign day has included stops at a poll in Springdale and at Leisure World senior center in Silver Spring. He heads now to Baltimore.

O'Malley said he is "proud of the campaign we've run," and said he believes he has convinced voters to reelect him today. He said his Republican challenger, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., asked the wrong question in campaign ads that invoked former President Ronald Reagan's, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"

"We're all worse off," O'Malley said, noting the national recession. "The questions is, is Maryland moving forward" ahead of other states. He said he believes the answer is yes.

O'Malley predicted that early voting results, scheduled to be made public shortly after polls close at 8 p.m. "will closely reflect" the outcome of the election.

About 220,000 Marylanders voted early, taking advantage of the state's new system. They account for about 6.3 percent of the electorate. O'Malley called that a good sample, especially given that no major events -- such as a hurricane or crime spree -- have happened since early voting concluded Thursday.

Outside of Columbia's Long Reach High School, an independent voter approached O'Malley to tell him she'd voted for him because he supports President Barack Obama. Fatima Reyhani, 59, of Columbia then asked him for tips on who to choose down ballot.

Reviewing a sample ballot Reyhani had brought along, O'Malley suggested several people whom he had appointed to various positions.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 1:22 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Maryland election 2010


proud of your mud-slinging? how pathetic, the both of you.

Mikulski is the only one who campaigned on her merits.

I cannot believe people would vote for someone who is proud of the way this campaign has developed over the course of the last few months. His first campaign for gov he promised the whole BGE debacle which he admits was a failure and knew that he couldn't deliver. This campaign he blamed Erhlich for the oil spill which he had to apoligize for. He falsified the job reports. He labeled Erhlich a career politician but he supports Barbara M. who has been there since probably Lincoln. We should all do him a favor and vote against Martin so he doesn't have the opportunity to turn into a career politician, he's not too old, maybe the whole rock group thing can pan out for him.

O'Malley is PROUD of that campaign? That says more about him then anything! It was a shameful, discusting.

geez, i hope we don't have to put up with omalley for another 4 years. Unfortunately Maryland is full of morons, so I'm not hopeful. I think Ehrlich was the best thing to happen to this state in a long time.

O'Malley being proud of the campaign he ran explains so much about him - what a little man he is. His record is so abysmal that he has to take credit for stuff Ehrlich did in office (DNA lab funding as just one of many examples) and then impugn Erhlich's character and record with lies, distortions, etc. Here's hoping that it's now O'Malley's turn to earn a living in the private sector, but he'll probably just going begging to Washington for an appointment to a job where he can continue to "serve the people" (and I use that term very loosely).

Gov. O'Malley ran with his record, not from his record. Bob Ehrlich is still lying about his tax hikes and he refuses to answer questions about Allied Berton.

- Steve Lebowitz

Leave it to the Sun to demonstrate one final example of the left wing media bias so clear and prevalent at this once great newspaper. Look at the headlines:

-O'Malley- "proud of the campaign we've run"
-"Ehrlich casts vote in Annapolis

Now, let me cancel my subscription. God Bless

I don't know what ads you are watching but O'Malley ran a great campaign. Ehrlich is the most negative person I have ever seen. O'Malley has a vision for Maryland that encourages people to look ahead and to be ready for change. Things are not the same. It is a different age and people need to be prepared for a future that includes more high tech and less industry jobs.

MOM is proud of his negative, lying smear job on Robert Ehrlich.
So much for tactical errors.

Actually, not ALL of "us" are worse off: if you're a member of a public employees' union (teachers, etc.), you've made out pretty well these past four years. And once you cash your electoral IOUs with the re-elected guv, your job security, pension benefits, and wages will only get better.

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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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