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O'Malley camp declares victory

Gov. Martin O'Malley spoke to reporters directly after the debate, saying the event was a "lovely exchange of ideas."

“I believe the people of our state understand what’s at stake here,” he said after the debate.

“In much easier times, the former governor made the wrong decisions," O'Malley said. "In the toughest of times we made the right decisions to move the state forward.”

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Congressman Elijah Cummings and Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. declared their fellow Democrat O’Malley the victor, charging that Ehrlich did not offer specifics on how he would create jobs should he be elected.

O'Malley's press people sent out a flurry of "fact checking" emails in addition to a press release declaring the governor "won." That release came a full 25 minutes before Ehrlich's camp made the same claim.

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