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Ehrlich, O'Malley camps make late-hour e-mail appeals

John Wagner

Vote.jpgUnderscoring the importance of turnout in Maryland's race for governor, both major candidates are using their massive e-mail lists to make late-hour appeals to get voters to the polls Tuesday.

Supporters of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) received an e-mail this morning from Mary Kane, Ehrlich's running mate, asking for a favor: "Will you forward this email to ten friends? We want every registered voter to know that we value their vote."

The e-mail included a link to a feature on Ehrlich's Web site where users can type in their address and get a map showing them the way to their polling place.

An e-mail sent out about the same time by Rick Abbruzzese, deputy campaign manager for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), included a similar feature. It also asks the recipient to forward the e-mail to 10 friends.

"Many of our supporters have already cast their ballots, but someone you know has not voted," Abbruzzese wrote.

His e-mail also noted "that there's still time to sign up for a phone banking or door-to-door volunteer shift" -- and provided a link to sign up.

Though polls have shown O'Malley with a significant lead in the race, turnout remains a wild card.

Both camps have been scrambling to motivate their respective bases, with O'Malley focusing on the Democratic-leaning Washington suburbs and Baltimore and Ehrlich most heavily targeting the large, more conservative suburban counties that ring Baltimore.

By John Wagner  | November 2, 2010; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections  
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