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Ehrlich touts poll results in quick fundraising pitch

Thumbnail image for Ehrlich hand.jpgFormer governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) started the race in April saying he wasn't going to discuss polls. That vow didn't keep his campaign from crowing overnight about a new survey showing a very tight rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

In a fundraising solicitation e-mailed to supporters minutes after midnight -- when an embargo on the poll was lifted -- Ehrlich pointed to results showing O'Malley leading by 3 percentage points, less than the margin of error, in the survey by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies.

"The survey from Gonzales Research confirms that we have closed the gap by 6 points to a statistical tie with incumbent Governor Martin O'Malley since January," says the e-mail, signed "Bob."

The e-mail goes on to ask for contributions of "$50, $25 or even $10."

"Your donation is essential to printing new yard signs, maintaining a great website, and reaching out to those crucial undecided voters," Ehrlich writes.

The current fundraising period closes Aug. 10, and reports are due to the State Board of Elections a week later. Political insiders will look at the figure Ehrlich posts as an important indicator of the strength of his campaign heading toward November.

By John Wagner  |  July 27, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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The first televised debate will blow this wide open...O'Malley comes off as unengaged and arrogant as he ducks and weaves through questions while staring into the camera like a deer into the headlights. Ehrlich, on the other hand, connects with people by direct, blunt and to the point language. O'Malley is not programmed that way and he has plenty to answer for (6% sales tax??)

Ehrlich will wipe the floor with O'Malley in a debate, just like he did in 2006 and again before that in 2002 with KKT. Remember her?

Posted by: Digitalman08 | July 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

OK, I wouldn't get too full of hot air just yet over a Gonzales poll. At best, theillusion that Ehrlich has a chance will motivate Democrats to go out and vote and contribute to O'Malley's campaign. I doubt Erlich could even come within 10% of O'Malley - but for now, lets all play along with the gag.

Posted by: free-donny | July 28, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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