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The latest polls show the Democrats leading in the contests for governor and U.S. Senate, but the latest campaign finance reports show both Mayor Martin O'Malley and Rep. Ben Cardin trailing their Republican opponents in fundraising.

So the Democrats are calling in reinforcements, starting with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton who headlined a fundraiser last night and following with a rally with Illinois Sen. Barak Obama on Wednesday and appearances by Clinton's husband, the former president next month, among others.

The Maryland Republican Party decried the former first lady as "one of our nation's most partisan, divisive politicians" and said her help would allow O'Malley and Cardin to "take our state backwards."

"Hillary Clinton's appearance is more evidence of the far-left agenda of the Maryland Democratic Party," the release continued.

The folks gathered in Prince George's County last night seemed to like her well enough and cheered when someone in the crowd suggested she should run for president (Clinton didn't give anything away and instead focused on O'Malley and Cardin)..

"We need people who will stand up and will fight with us to get us back on the right track," she told the crowd of about 300 supporters. "Part of the quality of life is being well-governed. We are not being well-governed in America today."

The event what analysts say is the significance the national parties have attached to the Maryland races, particularly an open Senate seat that could help determine who controls that body.

In recent months, President and Laura Bush, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani have visited on behalf of Maryland's Republican Senate candidate, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is running for reelection.

Democrats have welcomed Sens. John F. Kerry (Mass.) and Russell Feingold (Wis.). Gov. Bill Richardson (N.M.) will be in Montgomery County today, and Obama (Ill.) will hold an event for Cardin and O'Malley tomorrow in Prince George's.

Matthew Mosk

By Phyllis Jordan  |  September 26, 2006; 6:27 AM ET
 
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why is New Mexico's governor coming to Montgomery county?

Posted by: mo from mc | September 26, 2006 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Lots of governors come to the DC area all the time. Unfortunately for us, a former Governor of Texas came and has stayed for nearly six years.

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | September 26, 2006 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Just maybe enough people will open their minds to the truth & stop being afraid to show how they really feel.

Posted by: Doug Cakebread | September 26, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

mo from mc:

Richardson will be giving a speech at CASA to boost Hispanic turnout.

Posted by: District21voter | September 26, 2006 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I wish Bill Richardson was running for Governor of MD . . .

Posted by: K-Romulus | September 26, 2006 11:31 AM | Report abuse

It's a banner day for Matt Mosk. He gets to jam his finger in the eye of Governor Ehrlich on page 1 of the Post followed by a prop-up of Hillary and the Dems in the MD Moment.

It's laughable when people defend the Post as an objective news outlet. Why not scrutinize Cardin and O'Malley's contributions? Where was the coverage of Giuliani's endoresment of Steele?

Posted by: BG from PG | September 26, 2006 12:55 PM | Report abuse

BG from PG writes:

Where was the coverage of Giuliani's endoresment of Steele?

It was here, on page B02:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/30/AR2006083003015.html

Posted by: MeHere | September 26, 2006 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy that the Democrats need to bring in "reinforcements" just because O'Malley and Cardin are lagging behind in fundraising. In a state with 5 - 1 Democrats over Republicans, something seems to be amiss. Maybe there is much more that the Dems are worried about. That would make the intriguing story...

Posted by: WAM | September 26, 2006 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Having Michael Steele whip the left wing of the Democrat Party in one of their strongholds has got to be one of their worst nightmares. Something tells me the DNC has been doing a little discrete polling and they do not like the answers that they are getting.

PRICELESS!

Posted by: Rufus | September 26, 2006 2:28 PM | Report abuse

MD's party registration is 2-1 Dem, not 5-1. Still, that's a pretty high mountain to climb.

As for out-of-state reinforcements, why pick on Richardson and Clinton? After all, the GOP can have George W. Bush come up here all he wants. It's close to the White House after all. Only problem is that he's monumentally unpopular in MD, and that's not Hillary Clinton or the Washington Post's fault.

Also, Dems probably want to be on guard against a late surge of funds from the GOP so they can have enough money to stay on TV and beat Karl Rove's 72-hour GOTV project. The Democrats may be ahead in polls, but not by enough to get too confident and write this one off.

Posted by: MHK919 | September 26, 2006 3:30 PM | Report abuse

MHK919, thanks for the correction...I was likely thinking about Prince Georges County registrations where I believe it is 5 - 1 or maybe 4 - 1. Again, that may be wrong, but if it is the case, why would Hillary need to be in Prince Georges of all places, just 6 weeks out? That would sound an alarm for sure. Again, I just don't buy that it is all just about trailing in fundraising.

Also, if Cardin and O'Malley are having fundraising issues, how can they even afford to bring in the big guns?

I can't ever recall a Maryland race in which so much effort was necessary to elect a Democrat. KKT's last showing was probably the closest. I don't remember at all who may have been brought in for that, but in the end, she lost anyway.

Just some thoughts. Thanks for all the good comments.

Posted by: WAM | September 26, 2006 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Democrats want to firm up Prince George's because of its large size and importance; a big Dem turnout there may well lock up the election, but there are some potential problems (potential racial defections to Steele in the Senate race; infighting among local pols) that they feel the need to overcome. Cardin and O'Malley would be well advised to work PG hard to ensure a strong turnout, and having popular national Democrats there increases the sense of party unity.

I think both Cardin and O'Malley are better candidates than KKT; they could hardly be worse. But with the national GOP willing to do what it takes to buy the offices here and elsewhere, Democrats know they need strong fundraising for ads and GOTV, and they don't want to be suddenly broke late in the campaign while Republicans roll out the ads and turnout efforts. Plus, in Cardin's case, he did have to spend a good deal to win a competitive primary, though O'Malley did not.

Posted by: MHK919 | September 26, 2006 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks MeHere (Matt),

It was hard for me to find those three paragraphs buried on B02. But after reading, it seems that Al Sharpton has some nerve to call Giuliani racially divisive when Hillary made this comment at HIS Martin Luther King Event:

Hillary 01/16/06 at Al Sharpton's MLK Event:

"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I'm talking 'bout"

Well, honestly Hillary, no, I don't know what you're talking 'bout.

The Dems wheeled out Hillary because she's great at whipping up racial tensions and then slipping out the side door without explaning herself or defending her comments. The press certainly wont challenge her and she wont talk to the few that would.

Bringing in the Democrat "heavy hitters" and the attempts to smear Senator Allen in VA are clear indications of just how desperate the Dems are. Someone must know something and I think it's good news for me.

Posted by: BG from PG | September 26, 2006 7:59 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats didn't make George Allen say "macaca" or possibly say the n-word years ago, or keep Confederate flags and nooses as decorations.

And why is it that it's somehow racially divisive for Hillary Clinton to compare the House to a plantation, but it's perfectly OK for conservatives to say that African Americans are bound to the "Democratic plantation" or "liberal plantation" when in fact that's how they usually vote out of their own free will?

Posted by: MHK919 | September 27, 2006 12:16 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats brought Hillary Clinton and only raised $80,000? Are you kidding me? That's absurdly low. The Republicans dinner tonight reportedly raised 3/4 of a million and the headline speakers were Ehrlich and Steele. The Dems must be embarassed.

Also, the R's had Gianetti at their event where he...*drum roll* switched parties!

Things aren't looking as bright for the Dems this time around.

Posted by: Bryan | September 27, 2006 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Bryan is correct -- Giannetti switched parties, and we'll most likely see a rematch in the general (deadline for filing is this Thurs).

Posted by: District21voter | September 27, 2006 3:27 AM | Report abuse

The turnout that will make or break the Democrats involves how many dead people in Baltimore will vote in this election. Fact.

Posted by: Rufus | September 27, 2006 6:58 AM | Report abuse

MHK919:

You may (or may not) have heard conservative pundits utter the words "Democratic plantation" or "liberal plantation" but it's a bit different when a US Senator says that the House is run like a plantation at a MLK commemoration. I don't think Dr King would have agreed with that assertion. Therefore, you can only surmise that she is intentionally poisining the well. If those ill-chosen words aren't an attempt to be racially divisive, I don't know what is.

What you Hillary lovers fail to see is that she is a chameleon and says anything to please the audience in front of her at the time but she's taken so many positions by now that no one knows if up is down or back is front with her. I doubt she even gets the nomination in 2008.

In short, her endorsement plus .75 cents won't buy O'Malley or Cardin a cup of coffee.

Posted by: BG from PG | September 27, 2006 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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