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The first returns in O’Malley, Ehrlich rematch show the incumbent ahead

Most counties have reported their early voting totals, and Gov. Martin O’Malley has the early lead, 56 percent to 42 percent.

O’Malley has 76,963 votes, and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., 57,704.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, both strong O’Malley bases, haven’t reported their early totals. But neither has Harford County, an Ehrlich stronghold. Caroline County has also not yet reported early voting totals.

Update 8:45 p.m.

With all 24 jurisdictions reporting early voting returns, O’Malley leads 137,397 to Ehrlich’s 77,979. That’s a 63-36 margin. But, as you may remember, there was actually voting conducted today. Stay tuned for those results throughout the night.