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Sun/UB poll: Hogan widely popular

Sun/UB poll: Hogan widely popular

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's popularity in heavily Democratic Maryland reaches nearly every corner of the state and cuts across party lines, according to a new poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore.

Less than a year into his term, Hogan's approval rating among likely voters has soared to 63 percent and exceeds that of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, typically the state's most popular politician, the poll found. She is supported by 61 percent of voters.

The governor's popularity is coupled to a dramatic swing in optimism about Maryland's future.

A majority of likely voters — 57 percent — now believe the state is moving in the...