Poll shows statistical tie in Md. governor’s race

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A new Gonzales poll shows a dead heat between Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in the fall governor’s race.

O’Malley would capture 45 percent of the vote, and Ehrlich 42 percent, with a 3.5 percentage-point margin of error, the poll shows.

In a summer of robo-polls, the Annapolis-based Gonzales Marketing and Research Strategies conducted live telephone interviews from July 13-21 of 807 registered voters “who are likely to vote.” It is the firm’s second governor’s race poll this year. One conducted in January showed O’Malley with a larger advantage in a then-theoretical matchup with Ehrlich — 48 percent to 39 percent.

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