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Maryland Democrats gleefully pointed yesterday to e-mail from the Republican Governors Association that identifies six states to which the organization is sending volunteers because contests there are "going down to the wire."

Maryland, where polls continue to show Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) leading Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), is not one of them.

The e-mail is evidence that Republicans consider Maryland "a lost cause," said O'Malley spokesman, Rick Abbruzzese.

Ehrlich spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver said Ehrlich would appreciate volunteer help in a state in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.

But, she said, "grass roots has always been the heart and soul of Bob Ehrlich's campaigns."

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  October 12, 2006; 7:27 AM ET
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This could mean a variety of things. When I first heard the news I immediately assumed it meant one of two things. Ehrlich is doen and they know it or O'Malley is done and they know it. But it could mean nothing at all. It could mean they knwo Ehrlich is financially ok, so they dont have to throw any money at this race.

We'll see in a couple weeks....

Posted by: nickshepDEM | October 12, 2006 7:40 AM | Report abuse

How this event is interpreted tells us more about the interpreter than it does anything else.

Bring on the election!

Posted by: Rufus | October 12, 2006 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Off topic, is The Washington Post ever going to update the candidate links on the side of this blog? You still have Doug Duncan and a gaggle fo Senate candidates who were defeated int eh priamries listed on teh side.

Posted by: Fred | October 12, 2006 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Off topic, is The Washington Post ever going to update the candidate links on the side of this blog?"

Hey, count your blessings. At least WaPo is still keeping current with blogging the Maryland races. Virginia residents, on the other hand, haven't been able to read a new Richmond Report blog post since sometime in August. (That's even pre-macaca, I think.) I guess all the WaPo editors must be Marylanders.

Posted by: KR20852 | October 12, 2006 1:38 PM | Report abuse

First, Michael Steele can't get the RNC Chairman to return his phone calls, the same man who personally prodded Steele to run for Senate and who is from MD, and then the RNC decided not to buy into the MD Market and instead focus on three other races. Now, the Republicans aren't sending in any help for the Guv. Just goes to show that maybe afterall they aren't as dumb as they look, and they can certainly read the writing on the wall: they're going to lose!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2006 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Good point Fred,

I'll get somebody on updating the links.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | October 12, 2006 2:45 PM | Report abuse

A solitary Steele volunteer stood motionless in the Shady Grove Metro pedestrian tunnel Tuesday, glumly gripping his fistful of flyers and gazing forlornly at no one in particular.

Clad in a dark blue Steele shirt, and scarcely visible in the dank darkness, he was in peril of being swept aside by the torrent of predominantly Democratic commuters.

Posted by: Montgomery Village voter | October 12, 2006 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Talk about volunteers, Why do Republicans commit stupid mistakes--Meccaca in VA and negative radio comments about multiculturalism in MD?

The Republican leadership is shaken that minority voters are upset in Montgomery, Prince Georges and Howard counties and are working to defeat Governor Ehrlich.

O'Malley and Cardin must be happy that Ehrlich's mistakes have handed them a huge pool of volunteers.

Posted by: J. Anderson | October 12, 2006 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Montgomery Village voter for reminding us that Democrat commuters are as rude as they are misinformed.

Posted by: Rufus | October 12, 2006 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Rufus was peddling MSNBC poll claiming race in Maryland a dead heat. RNC is not sending any volunteers to Maryland. Now, we can guess about results in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.

We do not know why somebody wrote: the only choice left for Governor Bob Ehrlich and the first lady Kendal, is to move Macau and open a massage parlor.

Posted by: Viviun | October 12, 2006 5:56 PM | Report abuse

You treat workers like dirt and then fire them illegally you get whats coming to you.
Karma -1 Ehrlich-0

Posted by: Victim of Ehrlich | October 12, 2006 7:18 PM | Report abuse

So I got a phonecall from Kendall Ehrlich today. Urging me to vote early (by paper, or absentee ballot). When I looked at the Caller ID, it noted the phone number 307-764-8600. The text was for Wyoming. I'd feel more comfortable voting for Mr. Ehrlich if he kept his political dollars in state. There's no reason to go long distance and spend that money outside of Maryland.

Posted by: Potential Voter | October 12, 2006 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Rufus was peddling MSNBC poll claiming race in Maryland a dead heat."

Get your facts right (I know how hard that is for a leftist), I never referenced any polls because I don't hold them in high regard.

Posted by: Rufus | October 13, 2006 9:26 AM | Report abuse

If Ehrlich is all about grassroots politics I wonder why he had no campaign presence at the debates yesterday. He slid in the backdoor to avoid a sea of O'Malley green.

Posted by: Grass roots? | October 15, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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