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Doug Gansler and Anthony Brown. File 2014 (The Daily Record/Max Franz)

Gansler poll: Behind but gaining

Doug Gansler is gaining on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, according to an internal poll released by the Gansler-Ivey campaign.

The poll, conducted for the campaign earlier this month by the Mellman Group, claims Gansler has made up as much as 14 points on Brown in the 2014 Democratic primary contest for governor.

In the internal poll, 31 percent of people who responded said they favored Brown compared to 22 percent for Gansler, with 40 percent still undecided.

Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for the campaign, said the poll shows that the gap narrowed as public awareness of the failures of the state’s health benefit exchange grew.

“It’s clear that the more Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown tries to rewrite history, claiming that he’s been successful in rolling out a failed health exchange, the more voters realize he’s not being honest with them,” Hill said in a statement. “Voters in Maryland expect real leadership, and they are finding a clear contrast between Lt. Governor Brown’s phony claims of success and Attorney General Doug Gansler’s record of rolling up his sleeves and getting things done for the people of Maryland.”

In February, the same pollster found in another internal survey that Gansler trailed Brown by 23 percentage points.

In that same month, a poll conducted for The Washington Post showed Brown had a 19-point lead over Gansler with 43 percent undecided.

A Baltimore Sun poll showed Brown with a 21-point lead over Gansler with 40 percent undecided.