Maryland's Democratic governor, Martin O'Malley
, leads the man he beat for the job in 2006, Republican Robert Ehrlich
, should Ehrlich decided to try and retake his seat, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll
conducted Feb. 23.
O'Malley is ahead 49 percent to 43 percent with 2 percent preferring another candidate and 5 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.5 points. Both men are seen favorably by a roughly equal percentage of voters -- O'Malley by 54 percent and Ehrlich by 55 percent.
Ehrlich leads among unaffiliated voters by 52 percent to 36 percent with 2 percent preferring someone else and 9 percent undecided. Ehrlich has a big lead among voters who say they are conservative as does O'Malley among liberals. Moderates favor O'Malley by 2-to-1.
O'Malley won the 2006 contest by 53 percent to 46 percent.
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