Maryland election results 2010: Martin O'Malley beats Bob Ehrlich in a rematch for Governor

Washington Post staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 12:51 PM

Martin O'Malley has won the Gubernatorial rematch:

Surrounded by Maryland's top-elected Democrats and his family, Gov. Martin O'Malley declared victory just before 11 p.m.

"In the toughest of times, against some of the greatest adversity our country has seen in a long, long time, the people of Maryland have decided once again that together, we move forward," said O'Malley as supporters chanted "four more years, four more years."

Fellow Democrat, Rep. Frank Kratovil was less succesful:

In a rematch of their contest two years ago, state Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R) soundly beat Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D) in the 1st Congressional District.

The Democrat had defeated the Republican in 2008 by fewer than 3,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point, after Harris ousted longtime Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest in the Republican primary. Gilchrest, a self-described moderate, subsequently endorsed Kratovil in that election and again this year.

PostPolitics preview of the races had reported:

The excitement on Election Day in Maryland begins at the top of the ballot. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is in a heated reelection race against his predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich (R), with the Republican hoping that voters will reverse the choice they made in the 2006 contest between the two men. Ehrlich has sought to blame O'Malley for the state's economic woes; O'Malley has painted Ehrlich as a tool of special interests. The last Washington Post poll of the race showed O'Malley with a 14-point lead among likely voters.

Down the ballot, freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil's reelection race in the 1st District -- which includes the Eastern Shore and the suburbs north and south of Baltimore -- is among the most competitive in the country. Kratovil is running against state Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) for the second consecutive campaign and faces a tough slog.

Full election preview for Maryland and all 50 states here.

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CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr.

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