O’Malley earns 45% of the vote, as does his GOP opponent whom he took the governorship away from in the previous contest. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and another five percent (5%) are undecided.
This race, as expected, has been close from the start. In February, O’Malley led Ehrlich in a hypothetical matchup 49% to 43%. In April, with Ehrlich officially in the race, O’Malley led 47% to 44%.
In 2006, O’Malley, then the mayor of Baltimore, ultimately defeated Ehrlich, the first GOP governor in the state since the 1960s, by a 53% to 46% margin.
Ehrlich, while generally viewed as a popular governor, faces a tough struggle in a state that strongly leans Democratic.
Still, a majority (53%) of voters in Maryland favor repeal of the recently passed national health care bill, slightly lower than the support for repeal found nationwide. Forty-two percent (42%) oppose repeal. This includes 42% who Strongly Favor repeal and 36% who Strongly Oppose it.
Eighty percent (80%) of those who Strongly Favor repeal support Ehrlich, while 81% of those who are Strongly Opposed back O’Malley.