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18 Races to Watch in 2018: Maryland Governor’s Race

Larry Hogan has one of the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country. Will that put the Republican over the top in a blue state?

By NTK Staff | 12.29.2017 @4:00pm
18 Races to Watch in 2018: Maryland Governor’s Race

Democrats are looking to unseat Republican governors in blue states, but they might have to look elsewhere when it comes to Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD), one of the most popular governors in the country.

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN: Hogan became the first Republican governor elected in Maryland since 2002 when he upset the incumbent lieutenant governor in a close race. He’ll be up for re-election this year, after successfully beating cancer during his first term.

Democrats have a slew of candidates to choose from, and none have so far distinguished themselves from the pack. If there is a favorite to win the nomination, it’s Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

None of the Democratic candidates are beating Hogan in the polls.

WHY IT MATTERS: Hogan has one of the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country, hovering at around 60 percent. That’s an amazing accomplishment for a GOP governor in a blue state, with a GOP president underwater in approval ratings.

If Hogan can hold onto his seat, it’ll show that voters are separating the GOP as a whole from Trump.

The Cook Political Report rates this race as “Likely R.”

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