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Duncan Wants to Know How Smart You Are


Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's campaign for governor has posted an online political quiz on newspaper websites.

The quiz is a subtle effort by Duncan to boost his name recognition while distinguishing himself from his opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. The survey asks users to answer a series of questions about Maryland politics. The correct answer than appears.

Many of the questions have nothing to do with Duncan or O'Malley. But the survey includes several questions that could portray O'Malley in a negative light. "As Mayor of Baltimore, Martin O'Malley promised to reduce the number of homicides to 175. What is the actual number of homicides in Baltimore in 2005," one question reads.

Another question asks, "In his battle to reduce crime, how many different police chiefs has O'Malley had?"

Other questions are designed to highlight Duncan's record. (If we told you which ones, it might spoil the quiz for you.)

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Duncan, who trails O'Malley in fundraising, was looking for inexpensive and creative ways to take his message to the voters.

O'Malley campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the quiz "failed to ask the most obvious question.

" Which candidate has shown the courage to tackle some of the toughest problems in America by bringing people together and making real progress on improving schools, crime reduction and economic development?" Abbruzzese said. "I don't want to give away the answer, but I think you may find a hint on Martin O'Malley's website."

By Tim Craig  |  April 5, 2006; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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