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In age of Facebook, Twitter and apps, some candidates adapt better than others

By Shailagh Murray and John Wagner

Robert Ehrlich has lots of friends - 58,273 of them, to be exact.

That's the number of people who've friended the former Maryland governor on Facebook, and as he campaigns across the state trying to get his old job back, he mentions his online pals whenever he can. Ehrlich's Democratic opponent, Gov. Martin O'Malley, can claim a mere 24,516 Facebook friends. "That proves I'm friendlier," Ehrlich told the crowd at a Saturday corn roast in Baltimore County, and "more popular."

No doubt, if the election were held on Facebook, Ehrlich would be the runaway winner. But in Maryland, where the election actually will be held, the Washington Post poll has him trailing O'Malley by 11 points.

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By Cecilia Kang  | October 7, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
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