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Obama's Change Message Resonated in Maryland

Sen. Barack Obama appears to have clinched Maryland's 10 electoral votes, which comes as little surprise considering registered Democrats far outnumber registered Republicans in the Free State.

Preliminary results from exit polling by the Associated Press suggests Obama's call for change resonated strongly with Maryland voters. About half of voters said the ability to bring about needed change was the quality they valued most, and they overwhelmingly supported the Illinois senator, the AP found.

Obama received his strongest support in the Washington suburbs, and also fared well in Baltimore and suburban Baltimore, according to the AP exit poll. Voters were about split between Obama and McCain in the state's rural areas.

Democrats and Republicans each strongly supported their candidates, but independents tended toward Obama, the poll found. About half of voters described themselves as moderates and that group supported Obama, while conservatives went for McCain and liberals for Obama.

Many of Maryland's voters disapproved of George Bush's handling of the presidency, and a similarly large bloc thought Sen. John McCain would continue Bush's policies, the AP exit poll found. Just one fourth of Maryland voters felt McCain would take the country in a new direction, and they backed the Arizona Republican. A majority of Maryland voters strongly disapprove of the war in Iraq and strongly supported Obama, the AP poll found.

-- Philip Rucker

By Philip Rucker  |  November 4, 2008; 8:10 PM ET
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