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  Ehrlich eyes wins by GOP for 2010 run
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Last EditedJason  Nov 25, 2009 04:54am
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AuthorJohn Wagner
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News DateThursday, November 5, 2009 10:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said that Tuesday's Republican victories in Virginia and New Jersey would figure prominently in his thinking about a possible comeback next year, and Democrats downplayed the meaning of the results for Maryland, where their party is more dominant.

"This was a relevant event for us," Ehrlich said Wednesday during an interview. He said he plans to conduct polls and convene focus groups in coming weeks to help determine whether a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) might be winnable.

Although he lost to O'Malley by 6.5 percentage points in 2006, Ehrlich is widely thought to be the Republican with the best shot at toppling the Democratic governor next year. Ehrlich, who has been weighing the race for months, didn't provide a timetable for when he might make a decision, saying only that he hopes to announce his intentions by winter or early spring.

"Our phones started ringing last night, and we got a lot of e-mails at the house," Ehrlich said. "It's nice, but we're trying to be pretty objective about this analysis. . . . We're doing the science. . . . I want to look at cross tabs. I want to look at independents. I want to look at ticket-splitters."
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