Maryland Republicans released a party-sponsored poll Friday that they say shows GOP gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan in a virtual tie with Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.

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Strong early poll numbers are important to Hogan if he hopes to attract outside money from the Republican Governors Association and outside conservative groups for a race that was not expected to be competitive in strongly Democratic Maryland. Competition for that money is expected to be stiff because the GOP is defending several incumbent Republican governors from tough challenges in large states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.