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Md. Gubernatorial Race Hits Final Campaign Day

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In Maryland, the gubernatorial campaigns of incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) are making closing arguments all over the state today.

O'Malley spent the morning in Baltimore, leaving his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown to canvass Montgomery County. At Bethesda's Tastee Diner, Brown said while the campaign may end tomorrow, he and O'Malley will not stop heading to churches, diners, Metro stops and the like to get a grasp on what residents are talking about.

"We believe in order for us to govern effectively, we have to constantly be improving our understanding of Maryland and Maryland residents. And we don't do that by sitting in our offices in Annapolis," Brown says.

Meanwhile, Ehrlich met supporters at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Rockville. The former governor says it's critical for him to get the same percent of the vote he received in Montgomery County when he won in 2002--roughly 38 percent.

"[In] Montgomery County we got hit a little bit three, four weeks ago, and the polls reflected it. With a lot of negative advertising from Martin O'Malley. That hurt us--there's no doubt about it. We were not up on Washington TV; we've seen those numbers come back ever since we went up on Washington TV," Ehrlich says.

Both campaigns are banking on a heavy turnout in the county, which saw the lowest turnout of any in the state during September's primary election.

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