By Matt Bush
In Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley is spending the day campaigning in Montgomery County, an area key to his re-election hopes.
When he was elected governor in 2006, O'Malley carried the Democratic stronghold of Montgomery County by nearly 79-thousand votes. He'll likely need a similar result this fall if he is to defeat Republican Bob Ehrlich, the man he unseated four years ago.
Ehrlich is also making Montgomery County a priority in his campaign, and is trying to tap into voter discontent over the fact that for every dollar paid in state taxes in Montgomery County, only about 17 cents is returned in state funding. O'Malley says the county has done well during his term.
"I'm not sure that there are any counties that receive more of an investment over these last four years than what Montgomery County received in a 74 percent increase in school construction," O'Malley says.
O'Malley adds two of the biggest transportation projects the state is backing, the Intercounty Connector and the Purple Line, will be partially located in part in Montgomery County.