October 7th, 2010
11:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to help O'Malley get out base in Maryland

(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads 19 miles east of the White House Thursday afternoon, to team up at a campaign event with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The president joins Maryland's Democratic governor, who's running for re-election this year, at a rally at Bowie State University.

O'Malley faces off in November against Republican challenger Robert Ehrlich. In 2002, Ehrlich become the first GOP governor of Maryland since Spiro Agnew, but he was defeated in his 2006 re-election bid by O'Malley, who was mayor of Baltimore at the time.

A recent Washington Post poll indicates that O'Malley leads Ehrlich by 11 points among likely voters. Other recent surveys have suggested O'Malley holds a single digit advantage.

According to the Post poll, Ehrlich is overwhelming winning the Republican vote and holds a wide advantage over O'Malley among independents, but he's not grabbing enough cross-over Democrats, as he did eight years ago.

Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans and independents in Maryland, and the key to an O'Malley victory would be to ensure that Democrats go to the polls. That's the logic behind Obama's event with O'Malley. And the location is no mistake. Bowie State University is the oldest historically black college/university in the state, and it's located in Prince George's County, which has a large African-American population and a heavily Democratic electorate.

While O'Malley supported then Sen. Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, he became a major backer of Obama during the general election. Obama won two-thirds of the vote in Maryland in the presidential contest.

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Filed under: 2010 • Martin O'Malley • Maryland • President Obama • Robert Ehrlich
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please, let me say it: "What??? The President is travelling AGAIN?! A whole 19 miles to Prince Georges' County to campaign for someone in his Party? He should be sequestered in the White House! How dare he?! Blah, Blah.

    October 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good job Democrats! Continue to align yourselves with the Commander-in-Chief. Continue to present a UNITED front to the country. A lot of you have worked diligently to help our country recover, and to help the forgotten middle-class. You have PLENTY to be proud of, show it.

    October 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. gt

    brave move to endorse a politian that shead ,, maybe he needs to endorse barney frank and nancy pelosi next,,, come on ..ugh

    October 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. phoenxi86

    Maryland,

    Please vote to increase the debt. Please vote to reduce individual liberty. Please vote to increase taxes. Please vote to continue the ATM without exception. Please vote to exempt McDonalds and Unions from Obamacare. Please vote to reduce US prosperity. Please vote to extend the recession another 5-6 years.

    Please vote democrat.

    October 7, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. stufthis

    Maybe Ehrlich can get Bush and Cheney to help him.

    October 7, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    MD is on the EAST-SIDE!!! MD should not take the EXTERNAL riff-raff coming from the far-right EXTREMIST and OUTSIDERS who want to spend MILLIONS in a state they are not even familiar with and hire ACTORS to spread the hate in their ADS!!!!

    DEMOCRATS in MD – listen to what President Obama is talking about – WE put him in office because WE believe he can do the JOB!!! Now more than ever, we NEED to KEEP him THERE!!! UNITE the BASE and WIN this RACE in November 2010 and keep MD BLUE!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 7, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. 26 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans and independents in Maryland, and the key to an O'Malley victory would be to ensure that Democrats go to the polls. That's the logic behind Obama's event with O'Malley. And the location is no mistake. Bowie State University is the oldest historically black college/university in the state, and it's located in Prince George's County, which has a large African-American population and a heavily Democratic electorate.
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    Obozo playing the race card again here? I guess when they are the only ones supporting you anymore this is all you can do. Obozo has proven to be the MOST divisive president in history.

    October 7, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Drew

    If Obama is campaigning for O'Malley, then I'm voting for Ehrlich!

    October 7, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. stevegee

    Get out the baset? Obama and the so-called "Democrats" should get out of our country! They have already piled too much of their leftist ideology onto the backs of our citizens, including ObamaCareless, Stimulust, Cap-and-Tax, Czars out the wazoo, and soon the largest tax hike in history. Plus, 70 Democrat members of Congress are also members of The Socialist Party of America. We cannot afford any more of their “change.” Otherwise, we won’t live in the land of the free, but the home of the enslaved.

    On November 2nd, vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote Conservative, vote Republican.

    October 7, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama doesn't have time to waste sitting down talking to a Michael Steele, is it because Steele's own party won't talk to him. It would serve Steele best to talk to his own people and let them know he's no longer interested in being their uncle tom, only he can change that, not the President.

    October 7, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. stufthis

    Does anyone speak the language of 'idiot right wing nuts?' The republican congress under Bush, using reconciliation, passed a law that the Bush Tax Cuts will expire on January 2011. The current rates under President Obama is the lowest it has been in 50 years. Blame some one else you morons. I am getting tired of the tsunami of crap you write every day.

    October 7, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. stufthis

    Republican motto, "Nothing could be fina', cause we shipped your job to China."

    October 7, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. stufthis

    Drew, I think you have to live in Maryland to vote for Ehrlich. This is not like South Carolina.

    October 7, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. stufthis

    I do not see how the republicans putting a government agency to oversee women's reproductive rights will reduce individual liberty. Just the opposite.

    October 7, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. stufthis

    Republicans like Paladino, Angle, Newtie, Rand and most of the baggers are experts at playing the race card.

    October 7, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    Please, Please, Please Mr Obambi.......Please don't stop w/O'Malley but go on over to Nevada and help Harry Reid, then go help Mr Goose Step up in Deleware, then take off over to Mass. and help good-ole Barnela Fwanks, (cause that mean ole wascally Wush Wimbaugh is after him)....if you will please endorse and help all your Liberal Democrat friends, we the Conservatives of American will for ever be Grateful!

    We thank you in advance, and don't forget to turn out the lights.

    October 7, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |