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Analyst: Maryland governor's race 'competitive'

Aaron C. Davis

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report on Thursday moved its needle on Maryland's governor's race two notches to the center -- and just left of its bracket titled "toss up" -- saying former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's decision to seek a rematch with incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) ensures a "competitive" race.

Jennifer E. Duffy, a senior editor for the Cook Political Report, first tweeted the news this morning.

The new rating puts 14 of Democrats' 19 governors' seats in play nationwide. Maryland is now one of two still hanging on the left in the "lean" column. Seven are in the "toss up" bracket. The rest have crossed into Republican territory with three leaning right and two more rated as "likely" to go to Republicans in November.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 1, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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Massachusetts was also leaning left when Ted Kennedy's Senate seat opened up. O'Malley is a dirt bag that lied his way into office over the state's fiscal situation, only to raise everyone's taxes (when I say sales tax I mean EVERYONE'S) under the guise of "fixing" the structural deficit. Well, tell me, is it fixed?? How rosey is the picture now after paying more at EVERY point of sale.

O'Malley's sole accomplishment was getting slots on the ballot for the voters to decide. Ehrlich tried but was blocked at every turn by Michael Bush (D) who finally caved when O'Malley (D) came in. Go figure. If the voters and Ehrlich wanted slots, why were Michael Bush and his Democrat cronies road blocking the measure for 4 years under Ehrlich? We would already have them paying dividends by now if single party rule (meaning the MD Democratic Party of NO) weren't so painfully difficult to dislodge in this state.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | April 1, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich is wasting his time & money running for governor...again. O'Malley will beat him just like he did 4 years ago. Marylanders learned there lesson voting republican before and it certainly won't happen this year. Maryland is a liberal state and O' Malley is popular among Marylanders.

Posted by: bobby20 | April 1, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

bobby20 erlich win or lose is doing all the citizens of Maryland a great service by running. He has shown he could get elected and did a darn good job as Gov against all odds.

I would not be surprised to see the people return him to office. Erlich only wins with a huge PG, and Balt City turnout and that isn't in the cards this year.

BTW Maryland is not a liberal state --it has 3 liberal areas -- Balt City, PG, and Montgomery County (Moco has a history of electing republlican Moderates as does the entire state -- see Mac Mathias. The rest of the state has been gerrymandered to protect Dem seats. Fairly districted there would be 3 if not 4 republican congressmen in the state.

Posted by: curlybyrd | April 2, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

I am so greatful to see Ehrlich decided to run. It is just what this state needs to rebound.

Posted by: michelle251 | April 2, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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