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Key counties explain size of O'Malley's Md. win

By John Wagner

The magnitude of Gov. Martin O'Malley's win in the Maryland gubernatorial race is underscored by returns from key counties where former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had vowed to improve upon his performance from four years ago. Statewide, O'Malley (D) bested Ehrlich (R), 56 to 42 percent on Tuesday, according to unofficial returns, compared to 53 to 46 percent in 2006.

O'Malleywin.jpgEarly in the campaign, Ehrlich said he hoped to make inroads in Montgomery County, which is home to many Republican and independent voters despite its reputation as a Democratic bastion. Ehrlich set a goal of becoming the first GOP candidate for governor to crack 40 percent in the jurisdiction since 1994.

Returns show Ehrlich falling far short, with O'Malley outpolling him in Montgomery, 68 to 31 percent. Ehrlich's performance in Montgomery lagged the 38 percent he received in 2002 and the 37 percent he received in 2006.

Ehrlich's performance in neighboring Prince George's County fell off even more compared to four years ago. O'Malley bested him in the majority African American jurisdiction, 88 to 11 percent, compared to 79 to 21 percent in 2006.

To offset his numbers in the heavily Democratic Washington region, Ehrlich was hoping to rack up lopsided victories in the five suburban counties that ring Baltimore -- the feat that propelled him to victory in the 2002 race.

In Baltimore County, the largest of those five jurisdictions, O'Malley fought Ehrlich to a near draw, 49 to 49 percent, according to unofficial returns. Ehrlich had set a very public goal of pulling down 58 percent of Baltimore County's votes, improving upon the 51 percent he won against O'Malley four years ago.

Harford County was one bright spot for Ehrlich, where he prevailed 65 to 33 percent, improving up his 2006 showing of 63 to 36 percent.

Ehrlich outpolled O'Malley in Anne Arundel County, 55 to 43 percent. But that was a smaller margin than in 2006, when Ehrlich beat O'Malley there 57 to 42 percent.

Meanwhile, O'Malley won convincingly in Howard County, a jurisdiction that Ehrlich had said would go his way. O'Malley pulled down 54 percent of the vote to Ehrlich's 45 percent. Four years ago, the candidates nearly split Howard's vote.

Residents of heavily Democratic Baltimore City, where O'Malley used to be mayor, turned out in bigger numbers for the incumbent than expected. O'Malley beat Ehrlich there, 82 to 16 percent. That was an improvement for O'Malley over 2006, when he won 75 percent to 23 percent.

By John Wagner  | November 3, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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Once again the people living off the public treasury showed their true colors. A cost cutting candidate will never win those counties.

Posted by: bwdesmo | November 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse


Once again selfish white, suburban Repukes showed that their only concern is getting their own needs taking care of, and everyone else can shove it. So sorry you crybabies can't have everything your way. Going to go for a 2nd Amendment solution now that you lost at the polls?

Posted by: daweeni | November 3, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

So will ehrlich have to give back any of that $2.5 million he collected from businesses as a lobbyist the last few years now that he won't be returning to power?

Posted by: MarilynManson | November 3, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Once again the people living off the public treasury showed their true colors. A cost cutting candidate will never win those counties.

There's more of YOUR kind living off public treasury than anyone else. You won the House - stop b$itchin'

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | November 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The wide margin should make it clear to Ehlich that his 2006 loss was not due to "Bush and anti-Republican sentiment." He was an abrasive, contemptible Governor whose dirty tricks were not forgotten this time around.

Posted by: commonsense101 | November 3, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

WOW Insert,
Who's "my" kind? You seem to have anger issues.

Posted by: bwdesmo | November 3, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

WOW Insert,
Who's "my" kind? You seem to have anger issues.

Haha@anger issues. Yeah, you go with that.

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | November 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

what about the eastern shore and the western Alleghany/Cumberland parts? This area tends to ignore those parts of the state.

Posted by: simplewords999 | November 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich basically ran against Montgomery County (promsinig to cut taxes and raise spending in a way that would be net negative for the county and its taxpayers) so its no surprise it broke against him in high numbers.

Posted by: AMHV2772 | November 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye, Bob.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@bwedsmo - You won because MD is filled with either leftist pablum puking people like you or hood rats, living off the dole, which is fine, just stay there where you belong.

Posted by: madmike272 | November 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

In a nutshell, Bobby got SPANKED! Good riddance!

Posted by: mimialley | November 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I am really happy that Martin won, so the illegals will be able to get thier in-state tuitiion and free health care while they hide all thier cash from the Government.

Posted by: intheknowforyou | November 3, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Oh comments pages on online articles, never change.

Posted by: haether | November 3, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Most political analysts and commentators ignore the fact that contributing to the decisive O'Malley win was the fact that MD voters knew what to expect from Ehrlich from his previous tenure as governor, and they didn't want a reprise.

Posted by: imareader | November 3, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Should have supported light train option for the Purple Line...

Posted by: fredcappa | November 4, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"People living off the public treasury" sounds a lot like code, and neither side has a monopoly on those attutides.

Posted by: Carstonio | November 4, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Martin O'Malley beat Bobby Boy like a drum. Hopefully this will be the stake that finally ends Ehrlich's political ambitions. Adios Bob!

Posted by: joebobboy | November 4, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

To be fair, the "public treasury" comment could have been referring to government employees and not welfare recipients, but I've always heard comments like that directed at the latter.

Posted by: Carstonio | November 4, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Montgomery has a "reputation" as a Democratic bastion? Stop and think for a minute. Where does a reputation come from? Ehrlich's first election to Governor was like the 100-year flood. Unexpected, but not impossible. (Where did they run K. K. Townsend off to? She bunking with Jimmy Hoffa?) However, a 2nd Republican governor in my lifetime? Or even my son's? The sun will rise in the west before that day.

Still, let's see if there isn't a bright side to O'Malley. Hey, state taxes are deductible on the 1040! Yeaaahhhhh!

Posted by: tielementary | November 4, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's just take this opportunity to spew more hatred. Haven't we had enough of this stuff from both sides? There are some really hateful and disturbing pieces here.

And Joebobboy, There were many more drum beat downs elsewhere. I'll sacrifice Bob for what happened across the country. So just crow about MOM's win and forget about the surge across the country. Maryland is so much yesterday's news.

Posted by: dnha | November 4, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

dnha: The GOP made a good showing in the House races. But that's what usually happens in midterms. They lost a huge number of seats in 2006 and 2008, which makes their comeback look more impressive now. The Democrats still have a majority in the Senate, and the Repubs still got beat in plenty of races where they had millions in "independent" expenditures on their behalf. Rove put $6 million of his groups' $24 million war chest into Colorado, for example, and Buck still lost. In NV and CA, they spent a huge amount going after Reid and Boxer, and they both won reelection pretty easily.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | November 4, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse


You know you're absolutely correct. I had predicted that the republicans would win every single race across the country in every state. Gee I was wrong. But, I'll still take what I got and I'll put up all the rich Democrats money against the Republicans any time. I guarantee a very close race. You do know that the unions funded the Dems with record amounts of money, far surpassing Rove and all of the conservative coalitions by quite a margin.

Posted by: dnha | November 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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