Mitt Romney Appears Headed to Victory in Maryland

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 31, 2012 5:00 AM
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney during a town hall forum at the American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109 in Arbutus, Md., on March 21, 2012.

Maryland -- along with the District of Columbia and Wisconsin -- holds its Republican presidential primary on Tuesday and all signs indicate that Mitt Romney will take most of the 37 delegates that the Old State Line will be sending to the Republican convention in Tampa come August.

According to a poll from Rasmussen Reports released on Thursday, Romney appears poised to win in Maryland. Romney takes 45 percent of the poll of likely Republican primary voters while Rick Santorum, from neighboring Pennsylvania, places a distant second with 28 percent. Newt Gingrich takes third with 12 percent while Ron Paul garners 7 percent. While 6 percent remain undecided on who they will back, 2 percent say they will support other candidates come Tuesday.

The poll of 750 likely Republican primary voters was taken March 28 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Romney has been building his team in Maryland this week. On Thursday, Romney unveiled women who were backing him in the Old Line State led by Kendel Ehrlich, the wife of former Gov. Bob Ehrlich. On Wednesday, Romney named chairmen in all 23 counties and in Baltimore.

“When President Obama was running for president, he made many promises to Maryland voters that he has failed to keep,” said Romney in a statement. “He promised to get energy prices down and fix our economy but he has clearly failed on both counts. I am running to turn around our economy, utilize our energy resources, and restore America’s promise. The work of my Maryland county chairs will be vital to spreading my pro-growth message before Maryland votes next week and in the fall when we will defeat President Obama.”

Romney is not the only Republican candidate to focus on Maryland this week. Paul held a rally on Wednesday night at the University of Maryland in College Park that pulled in a capacity crowd of more than 1,800 supporters, while more than 200 others were forced to wait outside.

Gingrich also hit Maryland this week. On Tuesday, he made several campaign stops in Maryland while one of his chief supporters in the state, veteran member of the state House of Delegates, Warren Miller, took to the pages of the Baltimore Sun on Thursday to argue that the former congressional leader’s energy plan will help residents of the state.

Santorum has essentially avoided Maryland to concentrate on doing well in Wisconsin on Tuesday, but Doug Howard of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners made the case for the former senator from Pennsylvania in the Baltimore Sun.

While Romney looks poised to win Maryland on Tuesday, Republicans are not counting on the state -- and its 10 Electoral College votes -- come November. The state has not supported a Republican presidential candidate since George H.W. Bush beat Mike Dukakis there back in 1988. With 62 percent of the vote, Barack Obama routed John McCain in Maryland back in 2008

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or at (850) 727-0859.

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