By David Sands, The Washington Times
Mr. Ehrlich has opened up a 3 percentage point lead over the Democratic governor in one of the nation’s more liberal states, according to an automated survey of over 750 likely voters by the polling firm Magellan Strategies. It is the first poll to show the one-term former GOP governor ahead in the race.
According to the Magellan poll, Mr. Ehrlich was preferred by 46 percent of state voters to 43 percent for Mr. O’Malley, a close political ally of President Obama. About 4 percent of those polled preferred another candidate and 7 percent were undecided.
The spread was within the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error, but another finding suggested more political troubles for the Democratic incumbent. Only 41 percent of Maryland voters said they had a favorable opinion of the governor, compared to 45 percent with an unfavorable opinion. For Mr. Ehrlich, 51 percent of voters reported having a favorable opinion vs. 32 percent with a negative opinion.
Mr. O’Malley still claimed a slight edge with the state’s crucial independent voter bloc, leading by a 38 percent to 34 percent margin, but nearly a third of the independent vote is either backing another candidate or is still up for grabs, according to the Magellan poll.
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