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Ehrlichdonuts].jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) touted an unexpected endorsement Monday from a college newspaper as he urged Montgomery County supporters to vote Tuesday during a stop at a Krispy Kreme in Rockville.

"Montgomery's the key -- it really is," Ehrlich told a few dozen supporters who greeted him late Monday morning outside the doughnut shop. "Get our number in Montgomery County, and it's not close tomorrow."

Ehrlich is seeking to build on the 37 percent he received in the Democratic bastion when he lost to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in 2006.

Ehrlich, who was joined by his running mate, Mary D. Kane, a former secretary of state from Potomac, crowed about an endorsement from the Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland at College Park.

"It's a big deal," Ehrlich said. "There are smart kids there."

O'Malley has talked a good deal during the campaign about freezing tuition at University System of Maryland schools during his tenure.

The Diamondback editorial acknowledged that -- as well as steep increases under Ehrlich -- but concluded that Ehrlich "deserves another term as governor."

"If this were an election based on history alone, O'Malley would be the clear winner," the editorial said.

The paper said O'Malley, however, "has provided little substance on exactly where he wants to take higher education in the future."

By contrast, it said, Ehrlich "has leveled with voters. He has been clear in his plans and actions. While we do find him wrong on some major issues, his competency is unquestionable."

After leaving Rockville, Ehrlich planned to make several stops in Baltimore County, finishing his day with a rally near his boyhood home in Arbutus.

By John Wagner  | November 1, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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