- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) - An expensive, strident and apparently very close race for governor was put in the hands of Maryland voters today.

The campaigns of Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich and Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley are left wondering if they’ll find out election night who the winner is.

Both candidates are predicting victory, but with almost 200-thousand Marylanders — a record number — requesting absentee ballots, it could be the end of the week or later before the outcome is determined if the contest turns out to be as close as expected. Elections officials say at midday that turnout appeared high.

In two other statewide races, Democrat Doug Gansler is favored over Republican Scott Rolle in the race for attorney general, and Democrat Peter Franchot is expected to defeat Republican Anne McCarthy in the comptroller’s race.

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