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Political stars shine anew in governor's race

Former President Bill Clinton rallied Democratic troops yesterday for Gov. Martin O'Malley while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will fire up Republicans on Sunday for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Think of it as a reprise. Those same political stars shined four years ago, the last time O'Malley and Ehrlich fought for the Maryland governor's office.

Colleague Laura Vozzella wrote about Clinton's appearance yesterday at Baltimore's Federal Hill Park:

Bill Clinton's old campaign anthem, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," blared from speakers in a Baltimore park as the former president tried to rally voters Thursday for Gov. Martin O'Malley and other Democrats.

And just like the Fleetwood Mac song from the '70s, Clinton was at once forward looking and retro.

"Show up," Clinton urged a crowd of more than 1,000 in Federal Hill Park. "Claim your future. Keep your governor."

Meanwhile, Ehrlich is promoting a rally with Giuliani at 2 p.m. Sunday at a farm in Clarksburg in Montgomery County.

Care for a trip down memory lane? Here's what we wrote about Clinton and Giuliani visits four years ago. Both had appeared earlier in the 2006 campaign, as well.

Down to their final 48 hours, the rival campaigns of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley are hoping to receive major boosts today from national political luminaries visiting for rallies in Prince George's County.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is set to appear on behalf of the Republican incumbent at a volunteer fire station in Glenn Dale, and former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to stump for the Democratic nominee -- as well as for the Democrat's U.S.. Senate nominee, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin -- in Upper Marlboro tonight

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