O'Malley Leads Ehrlich in Latest Poll

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:16 PM EDT
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O'Malley Leads Ehrlich in Latest Poll

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Bob Ehrlich vs. Martin O'Malley

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Another poll shows Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley leading Republican nominee and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich in the gubernatorial race, The Washington Post reported.

The Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies poll found 47 percent support O'Malley and 42 percent favor Ehrlich.

Ehrlich supporters may be inclined to focus on the 5 percentage point gap as smaller than the 8-point one in the last Rasmussen poll or the 11-point lead for O'Malley in a Washington Post poll late last month

But the trend line is bound to be more comforting to stat watchers on the O'Malley side. In July, Gonzales found O'Malley was the choice of 45 percent of likely voters, while 42 percent preferred Ehrlich, and 8 percent were undecided.

Essentially, a quarter of those Gonzales counted as undecided in July now say they will back O'Malley for a second term. Meanwhile, the percentage saying they will back Ehrlich has remained roughly unchanged.

Four percent of voters would choose a third party candidate. Six percent were undecided.

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