State Democrats Make Final Push As Polls Open
Democratic candidates and voters rally in Upper Marlboro in an effort to get out the vote.
Hours before the polls opened this morning, a coalition of state democratic leaders, including Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) and presumptive Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, made a final push to voters during a rally in Upper Marlboro.
About 60 people swarmed the gymnasium at Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School Monday evening during the rally, which featured Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Sen. Barbara Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Reps. Donna Edwards and Elijah Cummings (both D-Md.), as elected officials urged the crowd to vote democrat on election day.
The rally was seen as one of the last stops on the campaign trail in a county that O'Malley said is crucial to a Democratic victory today as he reminded the crowd he's made good on campaign promises including providing increased funding to public school education and a college tuition freeze over the last four years. O'Malley faces former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) in the general election.
"It's about whose on your side," O'Malley said. "The last four years, Anthony Brown and I have been on your side. I'm looking forward to working with Baker over the next four years."
While Democrats were expected to largely sweep the elections in Maryland, officials still pleaded with their contingents urging them to vote democrat.
"Are we ready to send Gov. O'Malley back to Annapolis?" Baker chanted at the crowd. "Lets go win."
Baker said that Prince George's County was already outpacing any other jurisdiction in the state for early voting but as elected officials continued to rally the crowd they urged voters to call friends, send text messages, and set reminders to turn out to the polls today.
"If you're running in a race, you don't slow down at the end," said Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who's running unopposed. "Everyone has to do their part."