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POLL: Hogan Looms Large Over Democrat Primary

The incumbent Maryland governor is beloved by the state, which is going to make it difficult for any Democrat to unseat him in November.

By NTK Staff | 06.05.2018 @2:00pm
POLL: Hogan Looms Large Over Democrat Primary

A new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released Tuesday found former NAACP President Ben Jealous in a tight race with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, 21-16. Five other candidates earned support in the single digits, and 39 percent of likely Democrat voters said they had no opinion.

But looming large over the Democrat field is incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD), the popular Republican who is running for reelection this year. According to the poll, Hogan enjoys broad support and leads all Democrat challengers by at least 10 points:

Hogan’s broad support — nearly two-thirds of Democrats approve of his job performance — defies a national political climate in which opposition to President Trump has energized Democrats. His 71 percent job-approval rating among all Marylanders matches his previous record high, and residents are more optimistic about the state’s direction than in any Washington Post poll over the past quarter-century, the poll finds.

The governor leads each Democrat by at least 10 percentage points in possible general-election matchups.

The Maryland gubernatorial primary is being held on June 26, after which the winner will face Hogan in the general election.

Hogan’s approval rating is up six points since early last year among Maryland adults, according to the Post, and if you limit the poll to registered voters, Hogan’s approval rating inches up to 74 percent. And things are moving in the right direction, according to voters:

A record-high 60 percent of Marylanders say the state is headed in the right direction, with positive ratings up from 54 percent in 2016 and from 48 percent in 2015 and 2014.

The poll found Hogan led both Jealous and Baker by 12-point margins.

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