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MD: Cardin, O’Malley Lead By 3%

Monday, November 6th, 2006

A final poll from Survey USA for the races here in Maryland.

MD GOVERNOR
Martin O’Malley (D) 50%
Bob Ehrlich (R) 47%

MD SENATE
Ben Cardin (D) 49%
Michael Steele (R) 46%

This poll was done November 3-5 among 663 likely voters.

MD: Steele And His Sons

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

I don’t know if this ad actually ever made it to TV, but it is pretty funny.

You can watch the “ad” here. Something different at least….

Since I am talking about Steele, check out his response on Fox News Sunday this morning when asked about the Washington Post editorial attacking him this morning.

WALLACE: Lieutenant Governor, the Washington Post endorsed your opponent, Ben Cardin, over the weekend, and they had some very harsh words for you. Let’s put them up on the screen.

STEELE: Okay.

WALLACE: “Despite his efforts to construct an image as an independent-minded newcomer, there is nothing in Michael Steele’s past — no achievement, no record, no evidence and certainly no command of the issues — to support it.”

The Post says that as lieutenant governor for the past four years, you have had marginal influence.

STEELE: I know. Isn’t it a shame? Well, you know, Chris, that is pitiful. It is absolutely pitiful, and that’s nothing more than what the Baltimore Sun said about me four years ago, that I bring nothing to the table but the color of my skin. They were just a little bit more sophisticated in their ignorance.

My conversation with the editorial board didn’t go the way they wanted it to go because I wouldn’t kowtow and answer the questions the way they wanted me to answer them. I’m my own person. I don’t care about the Washington Post. The Washington Post is not going to get me elected. The Washington Post is not going to prevent me from getting elected.

They’re a bunch of folks, as I told them in the interview, who sit in an ivory tower, who have no clue what real life is about out here. It’s easy to pontificate when you don’t have to put a vote on the line, when you don’t have to look a voter in the eye and let them know what you really think, so what — they come after me.

Now, how many times very you seen the Washington Post do a second editorial on a candidate that they didn’t even endorse? It makes no sense. So clearly, I must be winning this race, and the Washington Post will have to write that headline, “Steele Wins”, and then eat it.

Wow! Heck, even The Post’s ombudswoman takes her paper to task.

In Maryland, profiles of Senate candidates — Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Democrat — were neutral to positive, as were those of the gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Martin O’Malley and incumbent Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). I longed for a more critical eye, especially in the Cardin piece, which seemed relentlessly positive. Several readers thought Steele’s profile should have mentioned that he flunked the bar exam, but a lot of folks do that. Pro-Steele readers were right to say The Post underplayed the story about several prominent black Prince George’s County Democrats endorsing Steele. It was given one-column display on the Metro section front page.

She also takes The Post to task for their ridiculous one-sided coverage of the Virginia Senate race.

MD: O’Malley-Ehrlich Tied, Cardin Up By 3%

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Things have really tightened up in the latest polls from Mason-Dixon.

MD SENATE
Ben Cardin (D) 47%
Michael Steele (R) 44%

MD GOVERNOR
Bob Ehrlich (R) 45%
Martin O’Malley (D) 45%

These polls were done November 1-3 among 625 likely voters.

HoCo: Rallying The Base

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

It was dueling rallies in Howard County today as both Republicans and Democrats tried to rally the county faithful by bringing in the big shots. The Republicans had a special guest, the next Lt. Governor Kristen Cox, on hand.

Next, we had our Senior Republican State Senator Sandy Schrader rally the crowd.

Later in the rally, she actually thank the “bloggers”, among other more important people, for their help in the campaign. Then it was Mary Beth Tung’s turn to hang out with the elephant.

Our County Executive candidate Chris Merdon addressing the crowd.

Just about every other local candidate spoke as well and at the end, all the candidates stood on stage as Delegate Gail Bates gave the parting message to volunteer and go out and vote.

But the best part is after the rally when everyone headed up to Little Patuxent Parkway to wave at passing motorists, getting many honks of supports. But just look who happened to come by at a bad time….

The Democrats were scheduled to hold their own rally about an hour after the GOP rally. What is so humorous about this photo is about two minutes beforehand, the bus passed by going in the opposite direction (west on Little Patuxent Parkway from Route 29). The problem was the Democratic rally was being held in Oakland Mills, which is east of Route 29. So two minutes after seeing it pass us going west, we see the bus heading back east. Unfortunately for them, they got stuck at the light right in front of Ehrlich supporters on either side of the road and had to sit there and take it. Note the door of the bus is open, one has to wonder if they had to ask for directions….

I don’t know how the Democratic rally went, maybe one of the liberal Howard County bloggers will fill us in….

MD: Steele and Cardin Tied/O’Malley Up By 1% (UPDATED)

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I have not yet found a link to this poll, but Hot Air is posting this screenshot from supposedly within the hour on ABC2 in Baltimore for a poll from Survey USA.

Once I find a link, I will post it. One thing to keep in mind, in October, Survey USA also showed this race tied when every other poll gave Cardin a 5-10% lead.

UPDATE (2:31pm): WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in DC now has a short blurb on this poll confirming the numbers above. One thing they do state is the poll is predicting 26% of the total vote will be African-American, which is higher than recent polls from the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post. The article also says this about the Ehrlich-O’Malley race.

Our SurveyUSA poll, conducted exclusively for 9NEWS NOW, shows Democrat Martin O’Malley leading Republican Bob Ehrlich in the Race for Governor, but only by one point. That’s within the survey’s 3.8 percent margin of sampling error, meaning the contest is a tie.

I am sure Survey USA will have the raw numbers posted later tonight a snone were given in this article.

MD: Democrats Complain About Voter Intimidation

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Like clockwork, Democrats already complaining about voter intimidation, four days before the election. From The Washington Post.

Maryland Democrats on Thursday accused Republicans of launching a “conscious, premeditated” campaign of voter intimidation after a report described a handbook advising Republican poll watchers to challenge the credentials of any voters they suspect are fraudulent.
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Democrats said Republicans are engaging in tactics reminiscent of the pre-civil rights era. Rep. Elijah Cummings accused the GOP of “a conscious, premeditated plan of voter intimidation and voter suppression.”

Republicans say they simply are guarding against possible fraud in Maryland’s close races for governor and an open Senate seat.

“I don’t think that’s borderline suppression. It’s making sure that people who have earned the right to vote are voting,” state Republican Party Chairman John Kane told the Post.

You know, there would be no problem about checking that the people voting are actually the ones they claim to be if we had an identification requirement at the polls. I personally know of at least three people who are registered voters who will not be in town on Election Day and did not get an absentee ballot. Since identification is not checked at the polls, there is nothing whatsoever that could prevent someone on Election Day from voting under their name. Nothing at all. Until there is a identification process implemented on Election Day for all voters who come to the polls, any complaints about the problems people have on election Day is just background noise.

MD: Cardin Leads Steele By 6% and 5%

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

As promised, the other half of The Baltimore Sun poll.

MD SENATE
Ben Cardin (D) 49%
Michael Steele (R) 43%

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for a smaller gap. Since it is impossible to avoid talking about it in this race, here is the breakdown of the African-American vote.

Though the Steele campaign has sought to fuel dissatisfaction among black voters with the Democratic Party, the poll shows Cardin has increased his lead among African-American voters since September.

The survey indicates that 74 percent of blacks back Cardin, compared with 12 percent for Steele. The last poll showed that 64 percent were for Cardin and 23 percent supported Steele.

This poll was doe October 28-30 among 800 likely voters. Also, the latest poll from Democrat John Zogby and Reuters shows a similar 5% gap.

MD SENATE
Ben Cardin (D) 49%
Michael Steele (R) 44%

This poll was done sometime between October 24-30 among at least 600 likely voters.

MD: McCain Sends Email in Support Of Steele

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

The latest email from the Steele campaign.

When the next Congress convenes in January, I’m looking forward to working with several new reform-minded colleagues, including our next Senator from Maryland, Michael Steele.

When I first met Michael, we talked about bringing real change to the Senate and how the people of Maryland don’t want another partisan politician in Washington. Michael told me his mother taught him to “shut up and listen” if you want to get something done. That’s the sort of independent voice we need in the Senate.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael Steele and I’m glad to call him my friend. Michael is a good and decent American and I know he will add much to the United States Senate. He knows what it’s like to come from a working family. His mother, Maebell, worked for forty years in a laundromat making minimum wage. Michael was taught valuable lessons on faith and family and he’ll bring those values to Washington, D.C.

I’m asking you to make a contribution today and help elect my friend Michael Steele to the United States Senate. We need more independent voices like Michael Steele in the Senate and he needs your help to get there.

Michael Steele is an independent voice and I know he will put the people of Maryland ahead of partisanship, a tough job these days. As our country faces tough challenges, including the Global War on Terrorism, an over-reliance on foreign oil, and a system that leaves too many Americans living in the shadows of poverty, I need Michael Steele in the United States Senate to be my partner for bringing real change to Washington, D.C.

Please make a contribution right now so Michael Steele can become my partner in bringing change and reform to the United States Senate. I know Michael isn’t going to go to the Senate to retire. He’s going to the Senate to work for the people of Maryland and will be a strong voice for all Americans.

It has been an honor to get to know Michael Steele and I look forward to working with him in the Senate. Michael is a good and decent American and the country needs more people like him who will put state and country first and really shake things up in the Congress. Please support Michael Steele today.

Sincerely,

Senator John McCain

I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s poll from The Baltimore Sun.

MD: Record Number of Absentee Ballots

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The deadline to request an absentee ballot in Maryland is today and, according to The Washington Post, there will be a record number requested and probably cast in this year’s election.

A record 166,000 Maryland voters had requested absentee ballots as of yesterday, spurred in part by suggestions from the governor and other state officials to abandon electronic voting for the security of a paper ballot.
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Whatever the cause, the number of ballots requested is well above the previous high of 137,953, recorded for the 2004 presidential election, according to State Board of Election officials. In the 2002 gubernatorial election, 65,824 voted absentee.

I’ll still be voting in person because there is still something about voting in person that is lost when you vote by mail, but I have received applications for absentee ballots four times from the Republican Party. FOUR TIMES! And the high number of absentee ballots means there is probably zero chance we will have a declared winner of many races on Election Day since, the article states, the counting of absentee ballots won’t begin until Thursday morning after the Election.

MD: Steele Gets Endorsement From Wayne Curry

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

From The Washington Post.

A coalition of black Democratic political leaders from Prince George’s County led by former county executive Wayne K. Curry endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele’s bid for the U.S. Senate yesterday.

The support from Curry, five County Council members and others barely a week before Election Day reflects their continued disappointment that the Democratic Party has no African American candidates at the top of the ticket and a sense that the county is being ignored, officials said.

“They show us a pie, but we never get a slice,” said Major F. Riddick Jr., a former aide to then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening and a former county executive candidate. “We are here today to say we’ve waited and we’ve waited and we’re waiting no longer.”
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“The party acts as though when they want our opinion they’ll give it to us,” said Curry, Prince George’s first black county executive. “It will not be like that anymore.”

Wayne Curry has been flirting with Republicans for years now, so I am not sure exactly what impact this will really have. It isn’t like this is something that just came out of the blue or wasn;t partially expected. Cripes, for years, Curry has been rumored to be a potential GOP nominee for the US Senate prior to Steele’s entry into the race.