Monday, November 07, 2005

Maryland Politics

Maryland is traditionally a pretty blue state so much of what I'll be reporting here is no surprise. However, for those of us looking for a Democratic revival it is good news.

President Bush is thoroughly unpopular here in Maryland, approval rating down to 33%, as low as any national leader in three decades. Quite an achievement.

The Governors race next year is looking good for the Democrats. Martin O'Malley leads current Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich 48% to 33%. It is interesting to note that many voters approve of Ehrlich's job as Governor, but still want a change back to a Democrat in the Statehouse. I suspect that Bush's performance is helping to shape that opinion.

The other big race is for U.S. Senator. Again the Democrats are in the drivers seat, with either of their two contenders ahead of Michael Steele. The Democratic primary is still shaping up to be a contest though with Kweisi Mfume and Ben Cardin running neck and neck.

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