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That was another Maryland race that Bob Ehrlich, the incumbent Republican governor, kept close. Ehrlich has always had an appealing persona and I'll disagree with Josh. It was good strategy to turn the campaign, partially if not entirely successfully, into a referendum on the quality of life in Baltimore, the still-struggling city where O'Malley is mayor.
I've said all year that, despite his feuds with the Democratic legislature, Ehrlich would win reelection unless it was a big Democratic year. Well, so it went.
Steele is getting praise from the cable chatters right now for his light ads.
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