WUSA9: Underdogs predict upset in Md. Gov. primary
The underdogs are predicting another Eric Cantor-like surprise at the polls Tuesday.
But this time it's Democrats facing off for the nomination for Maryland governor.
Attorney General Doug Gansler is convinced public polls showing him as much as 20 points behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown are missing something. "The election is tomorrow, and we're confident we're going to win the election," Gansler said.
Gansler's predicting the mainstream media will be just as surprised Tuesday night as they were when a little known candidate beat the U.S. House Majority Leader in the Virginia GOP primary two weeks ago.
"Clearly there is an issue with methodology. Our polls have this an extremely tight race," Gansler said.
Campaigning in Bethesda, Gansler did convince a woman to shift toward him, even though she was concerned about his presence at a drunken teenage beach party a year ago. Teacher and mom Sabrina Radin says she will probably vote for Gansler now.
Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) took her underdog, publicly financed campaign to the working class Baltimore suburb of Dundalk. And she too insists she's seen a surge in the last three weeks.
"I'm focused on my campaign, and that's what's appealing to voters. And that's a positive approach to campaigning," Mizeur said.
Apparent frontrunner Anthony Brown spent just minutes firing up his volunteers in Prince George's and expressed little concern about an Eric Cantor-like surprise at the polls. "We have a new verb, Cantored. ... But no," said Brown.
Whether, Brown, Gansler or Mizeur, whoever wins the Democratic primary Tuesday will be the odds on favorite in November. Democrats outnumber Republicans in Maryland by two to one. And Maryland has had only one Republican governor in the last almost half century.