Six out of the last seven governors of Maryland have been Democrats, and it appears the next chief executive of the Old Line State will also have a (D) after his name. But that prospect of an easy, breezy win for Anthony Brown was a lot more apparent before Barack Obama came to town and headlined a campaign rally.
Talk about toxic…talk about the thrill is gone.
In fact, says the Daily Caller, a new poll indicates the Democrat gubernatorial candidate has dropped 9 points — a stunning, precipitous drop — in his race against the GOP’s Larry Hogan since President Obama made a rare campaign stop on his behalf.
Things appear to be tightening in Maryland, where a poll leaked to The Daily Caller shows the gubernatorial race is “extremely close — only 2 points, 46 to 44, separate Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and Republican small businessman Larry Hogan.”
One should always be cognizant of outliers — and it’s worth noting that this survey was commissioned by the Maryland Republican Party.
You may recall the rather extraordinary scene last week when Obama campaigned with Brown in an area of the blue state where the strength of the two Democrats should have been rock solid. Yet, when Obama was still speaking — still trying to fire up the crowd and convince them to turn out to vote — people began streaming out of the auditorium.
Empty bleachers – all of these people left after Obama started speaking at a campaign rally in Maryland pic.twitter.com/xdYvwhp2K9
— Katie Zezima (@katiezez) October 19, 2014
It was suggested that one of the reasons Obama travelled to Maryland to campaign for his party’s candidate for governor was that the state is so reliably Democrat; and Anthony Brown, currently the Lt. Gov., had such a commanding lead in the polls.
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If this new polling is accurate, as the Daily Caller notes, this could well confirm the fears of Democrat Senate candidates who have tried their best not only to keep their distance from the president–but even, in some cases, to disavow him and his extremely unpopular policies.
Could it be that President Obama is such a drag on Democrats that he even hurts them in … Maryland? That’s one possibility. Another factor: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the head of the Republican Governor’s Association, has also been stumping hard for [Republican Hogan].