O’Malley, Ehrlich meet voters on eve of election

Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich tried to pump up their political bases Monday before their rematch for governor.

O’Malley, a Democrat, visited the Northeast Market in Baltimore, stopping to talk with shop owners and residents before heading to an election eve rally in Prince George’s County.

Ehrlich, a Republican, spoke with voters at the Hunt Valley Shopping Centre in Baltimore County with running mate Mary Kane before having a rally of his own near his boyhood home of Arbutus in a county critical to his success.

Ehrlich was thrilled to point out that The Diamondback newspaper at the University of Maryland endorsed him on Monday, after O’Malley has spent much of the campaign touting a four-year freeze on tuition at public colleges as a major achievement of his administration.

“Gov. O’Malley has spent the entire year demonizing and demagoguing on this issue of tuition in the state of Maryland,” Ehrlich said. “The Diamondback editorial board, obviously that board represents tens of thousands of Maryland students, just learned the facts.”

O’Malley, campaigning in Baltimore around lunch time, said he was optimistic for a big Democratic turnout.

“I think people are very resolved about voting on Tuesday, and I do think that over the last couple of weeks, people have taken stock of how our state’s managing this downturn and they’re noticing that we’re starting to come out of it before other states,” O’Malley said.

O’Malley said voters have two different candidates who have each served one term as governor of the state. Despite the recession, O’Malley touted big investments in education to position the state to train residents for an economy that needs highly trained people.

“I think people saw that there were two different governors that made two different sets of choices, and if people look at the record, they’ll see that in tougher times we made better choices,” O’Malley said.

Ehrlich also talked about his latest television advertisement that asks voters if they are better off today than they were four years ago.

“This election is not about Martin O’Malley nor Bob Ehrlich,” the former governor said. “It’s about you and your kids and going forward and those kids today are really concerned about jobs in Maryland.”

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