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Gansler embraces role as scrappy challenger

Gansler embraces role as scrappy challenger

Fifth in a series of profiles of candidates for governor.

When he campaigns in residential areas, Democrat Douglas F. Gansler practically sprints from door to door. He's trying to meet as many voters as he can. But it can appear he is chasing somebody.

Which, metaphorically, he is.

With the June 24 primary for governor approaching, Gansler, 51, trails Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in the polls and is playing a role that suits the state attorney general's personality — the scrappy challenger.

Animated and blunt — sometimes bordering on audacious — Gansler is fond of portraying himself as a "fighter" for Marylanders on jobs, the environment,...