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Ehrlich: Race likely to be his last if he loses

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ehrlich.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said he is unlikely to run for public office again if he loses on Tuesday, characterizing the election as "up or out" for him.

Ehrlich, who in 2002 was elected Maryland's first Republican governor in a generation, campaigned Wednesday at Leisure World, the sprawling retirement community in Montgomery County.

Following the appearance, Ehrlich was asked by reporters if he would run either for governor again or U.S. Senate if he is defeated Tuesday in his comeback bid by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who unseated Ehrlich in 2006.

"It would be very difficult to imagine that," said Ehrlich, citing the favorable climate for Republicans nationally this year and the "full life" he has outside politics.

Polls published Monday by The Washington Post and Sunday by The Baltimore Sun both showed O'Malley leading the race by 14 percentage points.

Ehrlich said Wednesday that he believes the race is much closer. He said internal polling by his campaign shows O'Malley ahead by less than 3 percentage points. Aides declined to released a copy of the poll.

Addressing the GOP club at Leisure World, Ehrlich sounded upbeat about his prospects, suggesting O'Malley, who has side career as a Celtic rock musician, would soon be losing his day job.

"I wish him well with his band gig or whatever he's going to do next, because he's going to be in the private sector after Tuesday," Ehrlich said.

By John Wagner  | October 27, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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Wow, this is great news!
We can finally say goodbye and good riddance to ehrlich when he loses next week.

Of course, his bosses at his lobbying firm might have other plans for him, but I'm hoping he sticks to his word.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Bye, Bob.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Finally the WaPo runs some good news.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | October 27, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

If only we could get rid of O'Malley that easily too. If we voted in someone other than either of them next week, we wouldn't have to look at either again. I'm for it. Who's in?

Posted by: sinesk1 | October 28, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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