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Election 2010: Maryland Governor

Maryland Governor: O’Malley (D) Increases Lead Over Ehrlich (R)

Incumbent Democrat Martin O’Malley now holds a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Bob Ehrlich in his bid for reelection in Maryland.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Maryland finds O’Malley, who is seeking a second four-year term, with 52% support to Ehrlich’s 42%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The race now moves from Leans Democrat to Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

O’Malley defeated Ehrlich, the state’s first GOP governor in decades, in 2006, and the rematch was neck-and-neck for much of this year. But O’Malley began to pull away in September, and held a 49% to 41% early this month.

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The statewide survey of 750 Likely Voters in Maryland was conducted on October 24, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers from the Maryland Senate race later this week.

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