Courtesy Citybizlist – A public opinion poll released Thursday showed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown significantly ahead of other Democratic candidates running for governor.
The data, gathered by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies Inc., also shed light on public approval of Gov. Martin O’Malley, recent Maryland issues and concerns about the 16-day government shutdown in Washington.
About 41 percent of likely Maryland voters said they would vote for Brown if the primary were held today. Attorney General Doug Gansler would capture 21 percent of the vote, five percent support Delegate Heather Mizeur, D-Takoma Park, and 33 percent are undecided.
“It wasn’t much more of a year ago that people were still thinking that Gansler was the presumptive favorite here,” said Todd Eberly, an associate professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Brown’s campaign took action, Eberly said, noting that picking Howard County Executive Ken Ulman early on as a running mate while lining up endorsements were clear and effective game plans for his campaign.
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