Ehrlich touts poll results in quick fundraising pitch
Former 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.
July 27, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner
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