Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley should be cruising to re-election this fall, with a relatively strong state economy, a rising profile in the Democratic Party and a Republican opponent he soundly defeated four years ago.
So why, in a blue state on President Obama’s northern flank, does the Democratic incumbent suddenly find himself locked in a dead heat in his rematch with his GOP rival, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.?
Like voters nationwide, Marylanders are worried about runaway government spending. Even in the overwhelmingly Democratic state, 53 percent of voters say they back a repeal of President Obama’s health care bill, according to the same Rasmussen survey.