Maryland gubernatorial election, 2010

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Maryland gubernatorial election, 2010
Maryland
2006 ←
November 2, 2010 → 2014

  Martin O'Malley, photo portrait, visiting Maryland National Guard, June 8, 2008.jpg Robert ehrlich speaking at healthierUS summit cropped.jpg
Nominee Martin O'Malley Robert Ehrlich
Party Democratic Republican
Running mate Anthony G. Brown Mary Kane
Popular vote 1,044,961 776,319
Percentage 56.2% 41.8%

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Election results by county

Governor before election

Martin O'Malley
Democratic

Elected Governor

Martin O'Malley
Democratic

The Maryland gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010.[1] The date included the election of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and all members of the Maryland General Assembly. Incumbent Governor Martin O'Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, both Democrats, were eligible to run for a second term in office and pursued a successful re-election, becoming the first gubernatorial ticket in Maryland history to receive more than one million votes.[2][3]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • J.P. Cusick
    • Cusick's running mate was Michael Lange
  • Ralph Jaffe, Baltimore County political science teacher, 2002 and 2006 primary candidate, announced candidate[4]
    • Jaffe's running mate was Freda Jaffe
  • Martin O'Malley, incumbent governor

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Martin O'Malley (incumbent) 414,595 86.28%
Democratic J. P. Cusick 46,411 9.66%
Democratic Ralph Jaffe 19,517 4.06%
Totals 480,523 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Ehrlich 211,428 75.84%
Republican Brian Murphy 67,364 24.16%
Totals 278,792 100%

Minor party candidates[edit]

Constitution Party[edit]

  • Eric Delano Knowles
    • Knowles' running mate is Michael Hargadon

Green Party[edit]

  • Maria Allwine
    • Allwine's running mate is Ken Eidel

Libertarian Party[edit]

  • Susan Gaztanaga
    • Gaztanaga's running mate is Doug McNeil

Results[edit]

Maryland gubernatorial election, 2010[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Martin O'Malley (inc.) 1,044,961 56.24% +3.54%
Republican Robert Ehrlich 776,319 41.79% -4.41%
Libertarian Susan Gaztanaga 14,137 0.76%
Green Maria Allwine 11,825 0.64% -0.26%
Constitution Eric Knowles 8,612 0.46%
Write-ins 2,026 0.11%
Majority 268,642 14.45% +7.92%
Turnout 1,857,885
Democratic hold Swing

Polling for general election[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Bob Ehrlich (R) Martin O'Malley (D)
Rasmussen Reports October 24, 2010 42% 52%
Rasmussen Reports October 5, 2010 41% 49%
Washington Post September 22–26, 2010 41% 52%
Rasmussen Reports September 15, 2010 47% 50%
Center Maryland/Opinion Works August 13–18, 2010 41% 47%
Rasmussen Reports August 17, 2010 44% 45%
Gonzales poll July 13–21, 2010 42% 45%
Public Policy Polling July 10–12, 2010 42% 45%
Rasmussen Reports July 12, 2010 47% 46%
Magellan Strategies June 29, 2010 46% 43%
The Polling Company June 8–10, 2010 43% 44%
Rasmussen Reports June 8, 2010 45% 45%
Washington Post May 3–6, 2010 41% 49%
Rasmussen Reports April 20, 2010 44% 47%
Rasmussen Reports February 23, 2010 43% 49%
Gonzales poll September 17, 2009 38% 49%

Republican voter suppression[edit]

In the summer before the election, Ehrlich's campaign hired a consultant who advised that "the first and most desired outcome is voter suppression", in the form of having "African-American voters stay home."[10] To that end, the Republicans placed thousands of Election Day robocalls to Democratic voters, telling them that O'Malley had won, although in fact the polls were still open for some two more hours.[11] The Republicans' call, worded to seem as if it came from Democrats, told the voters, "Relax. Everything's fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight."[10] The calls reached 112,000 voters in majority-African American areas.[11] In 2011, Ehrlich's campaign manager, Paul Schurick, was convicted of fraud and other charges because of the calls.[10] Ehrlich denied knowing about the calls.[10]

See also[edit]

Maryland General Assembly elections, 2010

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites