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Townsend has big lead in poll on governor race

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two years before the 2002 election, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend holds a commanding lead over her prospective Democratic and Republican rivals in the governor's race, according to a poll released yesterday.

The survey of registered voters, conducted Aug. 23 through Monday by Gonzales/Arscott Research & Communications Inc., shows Townsend with a 52 percent to 29 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who is considered a possible Republican candidate.

She was favored by 49 percent of Democrats, compared with 12 percent for Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, 10 percent for Baltimore County's C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and 8 percent for Prince George's County's Wayne K. Curry

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