UPDATED: Ehrlich voters react to news of call for O'Malley
"I think there's something wrong with people in this state," said Nina Boniface, 47, after hearing that The Washington Post had called the race for the man she did not vote for, Gov. Martin O'Malley.
She said she had heard that MSNBC and a local television news outlet had already projected that her candidate, former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich, had failed to persuade voters to rehire him.
"I don't think they're getting what's going on. They're not seeing the 'midnight run' tax increase," she said, referring to a late-night vote in the General Assembly that increased state taxes.
[Check out photos of Election Day around the region here.]
"I don't know -- I'm frustrated," she said.
Boniface, a dental assistant who lives in Harford County, said that there appeared to be good news for the GOP in the state's 1st Congressional District, where Republican challenger Andy Harris was trying to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil: "Harris looks like he's going to win," Boniface said.
Bert Miller said he feels like he woke up four years ago to find his beloved Maryland transformed into a cockroach.
Unlike Gregor Samsa, the hero of Franz Kafka's story, "The Metamorphosis," Miller, who lives in Baltimore, was hoping for transformation again on Election Day 2010. Miller, who says he is "of retirement age" and has a PhD without elaboration ("Take two denominators and call me in the morning"), said he voted Tuesday for Ehrlich because he shares Ehrlich's conservative views on taxes and immigration. Especially immigration.
"I'm against Mr. O'Malley because of his creative policy regarding 'new Americans,' " Miller said, referring to a remark O'Malley made about illegal aliens during a debate. "They're not new Americans, they're felons. The people who voted for Mr. O'Malley cannot be happy that he has made Maryland a sanctuary state for illegal aliens."
Miller, who was wearing a hardhat and passing out bumper stickers saying "M. Obama promised ... 'Give me your tax dollars, I'll give you some change,' " said he also dislikes O'Malley for boosting taxes.
"I was very satisfied Mr. Ehrlich's management of the state of Maryland during his first term," Miller said.
Miller, wearing a sticker saying "O'Malley A Tax Maryland," (get it?), said he was confident that Ehrlich would prevail, despite early returns showing him behind.
This post has been updated since it was first published.
| November 2, 2010; 10:18 PM ET
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