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Ehrlich reports $1.7M on hand for campaign

“You take a big power hose and you go to a couple of those agencies and get the leadership out of there fast, and that will send, in and of itself, a very positive message,” Ehrlich said.

ANNAPOLIS — With two weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Robert Ehrlich’s campaign announced Tuesday that the former governor has about $1.7 million cash on hand for his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Ehrlich has raised more than $2.8 million for the cycle that started Aug. 30 and ended Sunday.

Fundraising reports for the latest period must be filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections on Friday.

Ehrlich’s campaign said that since Aug. 30, 8,989 donors have made contributions, and no loans have been taken. The total raised during the period includes $30,825 from a separate fund for Mary Kane, who is running with Ehrlich to become lieutenant governor. Ehrlich’s campaign noted that 98 percent of the contributions are from Maryland, and the average contribution was $245.

O’Malley’s campaign has not yet released the incumbent’s fundraising report for the period. O’Malley has held a significant fundraising edge in previous reports.

In September, Ehrlich’s campaign announced it had about $2.5 million in the bank, and O’Malley’s campaign reported having about $6.5 million.