Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s final State of the State speech, by the numbers

January 23, 2014

Length of the speech: 31 minutes

Times the speech was interrupted by applause: 26

Footnotes in the prepared text: 88

References to Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), O’Malley’s preferred succesor: 5

References to Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), a Brown gubernatorial rival: 1

References to Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), another Brown rival: 0

Former governors in the audience: 2 (Harry Hughes, Parris Glendening)

Living former governors not in the audience: 2 (Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Marvin Mandel)

Members of the congressional delegation in the audience: 3 (Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Reps. Donna F. Edwards and Chris Van Hollen)

Members of the congressional delegation not in the audience: 7 (Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Reps. Andy Harris, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Steny H. Hoyer, John K. Delaney and Elijah Cummings)

Foreign ambassadors in the audience: 1 (Ruben Zamora of El Salvador)

Times O’Malley’s mother, Barbara O’Malley, received rousing applause: 2

Flags behind O’Malley as he spoke: 4 (two American, two Maryland)

Times O’Malley said the word “Maryland”: 40

Times O’Malley said the word “work”: 29

Times O’Malley said the word “together”: 16

Times O’Malley said the words “seven years”: 5

Times O’Malley said the word “conclusion” aloud: 1

Media outlets with reports comparing O’Malley to fictional character Ron Burgundy of the movie “Anchorman”: at least 3

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