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Now It's Your Turn: What does Massachusetts mean for Maryland?

John Wagner

Republicans are celebrating a stunning upset in Massachusetts on the same day that a new poll shows Martin O'Malley (D) with a 9-point lead over Bob Ehrlich (R) in a hypothetical rematch in Maryland. What does Massachusetts tell us about Maryland?

Please share your thoughts below.

By way of reminder: Ehrlich said last year that Republican wins in New Jersey and Virginia would factor into his thinking about whether to run again for governor this year.

By John Wagner  |  January 20, 2010; 8:19 AM ET
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Ignoring for a moment both what the polls say about O'Malley v. Ehrlich, and whether we should even believe the pollsters, how would O'Malley fare against some other Republican opponent, such as Larry Hogan?

Do the voters really like O'Malley, or is it just that they dislike him less than they dislike Ehrlich?

Posted by: dcrussell | January 20, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I think the MA election should have no bearing on Md. Coakley was a lousy campaigner, and Brown rode the wave or health care reform discontent. Nobody campaigns like our IrishBoy and Ehrlich has nothing new to offer for the state. The Md GOP has done nothing but whine and has failed miserably to be a credible oppostion with real alternatives.

Posted by: VikingRider | January 20, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

So long as the fate of the Old Line State is determined by voters in PG and Baltimore, the state will continue to be an undesirable place to live.

It's a shame, as Maryland is such a beautiful state with so much potential, but the liberal powers-that-be keep the state held back.

Forty states allow right-to-carry. Maryland isn't one of them. Go figure.

Posted by: Hk45 | January 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I think there's a genuine like of O'Malley statewide, or at least in the big vote areas. Being that he is not a supremely awful candidate, there's not a huge amount to learn other than "You have to campaign". That's not going to be an issue.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 20, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

No impact on Maryland.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 20, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will only change when the citizens are totally disgruntled and that is coming faster every day. O'Malley is not popular, he is just the Democrat the unthinking masses know or recognize.

If the current situation continues it will be a total throw the bums out mentality with the electorate and lead by State employees.

Posted by: Nat5550 | January 20, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone complain about the Republicans in Maryland. They have held the Governorship only once in the last 40 years. Every fiscal or social problem Maryland has can be left of the door step of the Dems of have run the state into the ground. vote the Dems out.

Posted by: cheverly1 | January 25, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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