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Md. Gov.: Duncan's In

On the day when Chris is traveling with the Democrats' candidate in the 2005 Virginia governor's race, the 2006 Maryland governor's race is making news.

This morning, longtime Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) next year. Here's a video of Duncan's announcement.

In their coverage of Duncan's declaration, Post reporters John Wagner and Matthew Mosk note that Duncan will likely face a tough primary with Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.  "In a state where Democrats are eager to regain the governor's office that they held for almost four decades, many party insiders said that getting behind a maverick candidate, or even an underdog, is a luxury they cannot afford," they write.  "What they need ... is someone they believe can win.

"The view that O'Malley is more likely to be that candidate is largely a matter of geography. In 2002, Ehrlich prevailed in a heavily Democratic state by running up large margins in the Baltimore suburbs -- a region many analysts say holds the key to the 2006 contest."

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2005; 10:50 AM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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