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Md., Va. governors compete nationally, but play nice at home
Md., Va. governors compete nationally, but play nice at home

Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell of Virginia made no secret about who he thought should win Maryland's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. It wasn't Martin O'Malley. Yet two months after O'Malley, a Democrat, sailed to victory, McDonnell showed up in Annapolis to attend the inauguration. Virginia's governor even praised the man he worked to defeat, calling O'Malley "a very smart guy" who "obviously had a record of accomplishments." McDonnell's decision to extend the olive branch — and O'Malley's to take it — underscores a relationship between the two men that aides say has been cordial, even friendly at times....

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