As the clock struck midnight and Maryland’s General Assembly adjourned sine die, it was immediately apparent that there was one major story going forward in this election year: Governor Hogan had won, again.
Polls are good at providing snapshots of where people are and what they are thinking at a given time. Granted, we are still, roughly, eight months out of Maryland’s Gubernatorial Election this November, but the field of challengers looking to take on Republican Larry Hogan is now set (Maryland’s campaign filing deadline having passed on February 27). So, it’s a good time to take stock of the race and look at what the future may hold.
To hear online conservatives tell it, you’d have imagined Donald Trump, at the head of an Antifa legion, crossing the proverbial Rubicon on a march to take away guns from innocent, law-abiding Americans. With GIFs of Dianne Feinstein gleefully rubbing her hands together in-tow, the President’s detractors on the Right climbed to the tops of the nearest ivory towers to light their Virtue Signals.
If Maryland’s Gubernatorial race can be compared to sports, yesterday, pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training. We now have our first, real, tangible insight into the race for Governor: campaign finance disclosures. Sure, math and money may not be the sexiest topics, but, more than just a number on a page, the disclosures tell us about the relative health of campaigns going forward. If yesterday’s disclosures are any indication, Governor Larry Hogan is off to a commanding lead, but…
Gonzales Research, a Maryland-based political polling company with a reputation for getting the numbers pretty close to the actual result, released poll results for Maryland’s gubernatorial race. In short, it found that Governor Hogan has a high approval rating, that his Democratic challengers are all basically unknowns, and that there is a drop-off between liking the Governor and deciding to re-elect him.