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The Maryland Gubernatorial Election 2002 was held on November 4, 2002. Democratic Governor Parris Glendening was term-limited. Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend won the Democratic nomination, and Congressman Robert Ehrlich won the Republican nomination.

Ehrlich choose Michael Steele as his running mate, while Townsend choose Admiral Charles R. Larson as her running mate. Larson, switched to the Democratic party a few weeks before the election.

As Townsend began taking heat about the Glendening Administration, Ehrlich remained quiet, and as Ehrlich gained in the polls, and Townsend fell, Ehrlich remained quiet.

Weeks before the Election, Ehrlich unleashed his media blitz. Ehrlich, who had remained low during most of the election, came out and attacked the Glendening administration. He also promised to bring back fiscal-responsibility.

On Election night 2002, Ehrlich beat Townsend, 52-48. Ehrlich became the first Republican governor since Spiro Agnew in 1966.


2002 gubernatorial election, Maryland
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert Ehrlich 879,592 51.55
Democratic Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 813,422 47.68
Libertarian Spear Lancaster 11,546 0.68
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

See also

Maryland gubernatorial election, 2006



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