Anthony Brown

The very narrow path for Democrats against Larry Hogan

The very narrow path for Democrats against Larry Hogan

If we were to try to find a bright side for Democrats in the first major poll on Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial race, released this week by Goucher College’s Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, it would be this: Four years ago, Larry Hogan was so little known (and not even certain to run) that the fall 2013 Goucher poll didn’t even ask about him. The Democrat who would be his opponent the following year, then Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, had strong name recognition, and President Barack Obama was broadly popular. Yet Mr. Hogan won anyway. Now, Democrats can point to the profound...