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Maryland Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley last night shared some high-powered advice he received recently with members of the state's Democratic Central Commmittee who were meeting in Silver Spring.

The advice: Don't ignore voters who sided with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) during the campaign. In fact, "reach out to them now. ... Let them know that you want their help." Maryland is heavily Democratic now, "but that's not inevitable."

The adviser: Former President Bill Clinton. O'Malley told the crowd the two talked by phone recently. Clinton cut an television ad for O'Malley in the closing days of the campaign and also made an appearance on his behalf in Prince George's County.

O'Malley also relayed last night that he and his campaign aides wrestled over how negative to be in the race. "I said, 'Please, let me be more positive.' ... Positive is the new negative."

By John Wagner  |  December 20, 2006; 9:38 AM ET
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