That's what I have been told members of Team Ehrlich are privately telling people. Or at least that's what they are saying their internal numbers are showing.
If true, then that's definitely not encouraging news for the Ehrlich campaign, which once expected to come close to if not equal their stunning 61 percent showing in the former governor's native county. Perhaps that explains yesterday's "Democrats for Ehrlich" rally in Dundalk, as well as the campaign's preoccupation in the final hours of the race with a county they should already have in the bag.
It might explain something else I heard today. Ehrlich Political Director Bernie Marczyk has dispatched two of the campaign's paid Baltimore County staffers to saturate the county with lawn signs. The last time I drove across the county, particularly the northern and eastern parts, Ehrlich's blue-and-white lawn signs already seemed well-represented in both residential and commercial areas. This time, however, Marczyk is insisting that his minions focus on abandoned commercial property, median strips, intersections, and other "no man's land" kinds of areas.
If sticking up last minute yard signs at abandoned gas stations and such other overgrown locations is Team Ehrlich's best strategy for nailing down Baltimore County, it is in big trouble. I still think a decent, 55-57 percent win for Ehrlich is possible. It may be enough to benefit candidates for local office. Whether it will be large enough to help overcome huge O'Malley wins in Prince George's and Montgomery counties and Baltimore City remains to be seen.