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O’Malley tours Md. polls in support of Obama, ballot questions

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday he expects his state to give its electoral votes to President Obama, once again, by a double-digit margin.

Before noon, he greeted a long line of voters who snaked around corners at the Silver Spring Civic Building, part of a tour of the polls that he began in Prince George's County that was making it's way up to Baltimore County.

The Democratic governor said lines appeared to be long, yet moving, which suggested that voters had studied a slate of groundbreaking hot-button ballot questions on topics such as same-sex marriage, gambling and the Dream Act

Mr. O'Malley said he supported all the questions when he voted last week.

"We're a state that has always embraced the notion we're a country and a people that are constantly growing - becoming more inclusive, not exclusive," he said.

He said allowing table games at casinos in Maryland is "worth the trade-off" to bring in $300 million to $400 million for education instead of seeing it go to West Virginia.

"The out-of-state casino interests … have spent more money (in opposition to the measure) than Bob Ehrlich and I did combined in the last election."

He's also happy to see the busy campaign season come to an end.

"I can't recall a time when I wasn't on the ballot and juggled as much, in terms of good causes and good candidates, as we have here," he said.

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