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Political Notes: Former Gov. Hogan Enters Race; Gov. Moore Approval Ratings

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan makes a big political announcement, and a new poll has Gov. Moore’s approval ratings after his first year in office.

Larry Hogan and Wes Moore

Former Governor Larry Hogan shook up Maryland’s U.S. Senate race, announcing on Friday that he’s running to succeed Sen. Ben Cardin who announced his retirement in May. The popular, two-term governor is poised to run a competitive campaign in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican senator in 37 years. Hogan made history in 2018 as only the second Republican governor to win reelection in Maryland. Last month, Hogan stepped down from the leadership of No Labels, a third party movement, fueling speculation about his political future.  

Hogan’s entry alters the dynamics of a race that was expected to essentially be determined in the primary. The frontrunners for the Democratic nomination are Rep. David Trone who represents Maryland’s 6th congressional district and Angela Alsobrooks who is Prince George’s County Executive. Maryland’s primary election is May 14.

Gov. Moore Approval Ratings

As Gov. Wes Moore enters the second year of his term, his approval ratings remain strong. According to a Gonzales Research & Media Services poll, Moore has a 58% approval rating, a slight dip from 60% in September. Here’s how it breaks down: 28% “strongly” approve, 30% “somewhat approve,” 15% “strongly” disapprove and 13% “somewhat” disapprove.

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