- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who led the rollout of the state’s troubled Obamacare portal, enjoys a 2-to-1 lead over his closest opponent in the Democratic primary, although many voters may still change their minds before casting their ballots in June, according to a new poll.

A Washington Post poll found 34 percent of voters back Mr. Brown, while 15 percent support state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in the race to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley in the Democrat-heavy state.

Even so, 43 percent of voters are undecided and six in 10 who had a preferred candidate said they may change their minds, the poll found.

Mr. Gansler has attacked Mr. Brown on the campaign trail for his role in setting up the Maryland Health Connection, an online insurance market tied to the new health care law.

But only 5 percent of Maryland voters said Mr. Brown is “mainly to blame” for the health exchange’s troubles, according to the Post poll.

Twenty-four percent said Mr. Brown’s role in the implementation will be a major factor in how they vote, 36 percent said it will be a minor factor and 37 percent said it will not be a factor.

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