Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Gansler Way Ahead

The Baltimore Sun polled the race for attorney general in addition to the senatorial and gubernatorial contests. Democrat Doug Gansler led Republican Scott Rolle by 54 to 26 in the poll of 815 likely voters. While Ben Cardin is working hard to consolidate the black vote after defeating one African-American challenger in the primary and facing another in the general, Gansler appears to have no such worries:

Gansler showed few ill effects from the primary campaign he waged against Stuart O. Simms, the former state's attorney in Baltimore who was seeking to become the state's first African-American attorney general, the poll indicated.

It showed Gansler winning 79 percent of the African-American vote to Rolle's 7 percent.

Against Simms, Gansler won majority-black Prince George's County in the primary but lost by a nearly 3-to-1 margin on Simms' home turf.
Rolle had raised only $69,000 as of September 1, suggesting that he will not be able to go on the airwaves and cut into Gansler's lead.