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Now It's Your Turn: Can Ehrlich win in 2010?

John Wagner

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has said he will conduct polls and convene focus groups to help decide whether a rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is winnable. Democrats have mocked his efforts. What do you think? Can Ehrlich beat O'Malley in 2010?

Please tell us what you think by posting a comment below.

"Now It's Your Turn" is a new feature on Maryland Politics. This is where we'll ask for your thoughts on some of the biggest questions in state and local politics. Let the debate begin.

By John Wagner  |  November 16, 2009; 1:23 PM ET
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Not a chance. His victory in 2002 came against a weak candidate, amid Democratic complacency and in a heavily GOP year. 2010 may see some gains for the GOP but O'Malley is not a week candidate and Democrats don't seem complacent.

Posted by: mdmoment | November 16, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Ehrlich in the last election because I didn't trust O'Malley. While I still don't completely trust O'Malley there is no way I would vote for Ehrlich or any other Republican.

Posted by: nevaned | November 16, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

NOOO! Erlich will not win in 2010 IF he is the Repubican candidate. MD is a strong Democratic state and Erlich did nothing for MD when he was in office.

Posted by: bobby20 | November 16, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

No. We've been down that dead-end before. I don't see Marylanders being duped again.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

People are ready for a change. O'Malley has not kept one of his campagin promises. I think moderate democrats like myself would vote against O'Malley which means a yes vote for Bobby.

He could win.

Posted by: Big_Willie100 | November 16, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is a huge disappointment. He has no plan except self-promotion. Yes, Ehrlich has a shot and a good one.

Posted by: DrivebyCommenter | November 16, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Nope. O'Malley may have raised taxes and continued a lot of worthless spending programs, but he has kept his nose clean.

Any Democrat who is not a crook or a complete incompetent will win in Maryland.

Posted by: member8 | November 16, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 50Eagle | November 16, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Not in the People's Republic of Maryland. Give the Dems 10 more years in charge there and even Maryland will get tired of costly feel-good policies that lower the living standards for all (see California, State of).

Posted by: dknight12345 | November 16, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Hell Yes! O'Malley is a one term wonder

Posted by: Ehrlich2010 | November 16, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Can Erlich win?


THAT one takes the cake!


Posted by: free-donny | November 16, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

sure he can win, you just have to restrict the voters to those in western maryland...they are dumber than a box of bent nails.

seriously, those fools threw out their state rep that was the Speaker of the House, for a junior member of the minority party.

Let's see...local state rep that is Speaker of the House vs junior member of a minority party....duhhhh...yep, dumber than a box of bent nails folks!

Posted by: californicationdude | November 16, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh don't we have enough problems as it is? I was overjoyed when Ehrlich lost. O'Malley has been a HUGE disappointment and I would not vote for him again, but please, please, please, don't make me choose between him and Ehrlich. He should only run for governor if you want things to get worse and I don't think any of us would want that.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | November 16, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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