Here’s The Sun editorial board’s take on who’s up and who’s down this week in politics:
Donna Edwards. Up. Rep. Chris Van Hollen may be the darling of the Maryland Democratic establishment, but the latest Goucher poll shows the 57-year-old 4th District congresswoman is just as popular a choice among Democratic voters to fill the Senate seat of the retiring Barbara Mikulski. The poll has Ms. Edwards with 39 percent of the vote, Mr. Van Hollen, 37 percent and a whopping 25 percent still undecided.
No surprises here. A previous poll showed a deadlocked race, too.
The bigger question is whether Mr. Van Hollen’s 10-to-1 fundraising advantage will give him the final boost he needs to claim a bigger share of the undecideds. Can Emily’s List and other supporters of Ms. Edwards come through with enough money to finance a respectable ad campaign? The clock is ticking: The first day of early voting in Maryland is April 14.
The General Assembly: Down. If your basis of comparison is Congress, then the 44 percent approval rating Maryland’s legislature notched in the Goucher Poll is pretty good. But if your basis of comparison is Gov. Larry Hogan — 63 percent approve of the job he’s doing and a miniscule 17 percent don’t — not so much.
Donald Trump. Up. Big wins in South Carolina and the Nevada caucus give The Donald The Delegates. Right now, he has 82 of them, which is nearly twice as many as the rest of the field combined and more than four times as many as runner-up Sen. Ted Cruz. More important, Super Tuesday awaits, and Mr. Trump is poised for a strong showing: He holds a lead in most of the South where there are 272 delegates at stake.
Despite a food fight of a Republican debate Thursday evening, the results are unlikely to change much before March 1. In a phenomenon that has politicos nationwide scratching their heads, nothing any of his rivals throws at him seems to stick, and nothing outrageous he says hurts him in the least. The speculation now is when does this become a two-candidate race? Early polls show Mr. Trump can still win a majority of primary votes even if it comes down to him against Mr. Cruz or Sen. Marco Rubio.
Hillary Clinton. Up. She may not generate the excitement or crowds of Sen. Bernie Sanders, but the Big Mo has clearly swung in her direction. Super Tuesday isn’t all in the South, but minority voters could elevate Mrs. Clinton into a good-as-locked position.
Sen. Mark Kirk. Down — at least as far as his future in the GOP is concerned. The Illinois Republican officially became the first crack in the Senate majority’s defiant stonewall stand against President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court appointment. He said he’s willing to meet with whomever the nominee turns out to be. Even Maine’s moderate Sen. Susan Collins gave that idea only a “maybe” — and that was when Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, was still in the running.