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Dave Brat
Did Brown attack ads enhance Hogan's candidacy?
Did Brown attack ads enhance Hogan's candidacy?

It might seem counterintuitive, but constantly speaking ill of your political opponent can work to his advantage. And that might be what's happened in the Maryland gubernatorial campaign between Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate, and real estate executive Larry Hogan, the Republican. Brown and the Democrats have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to portray Hogan as a corporate shill with extreme views on social issues and guns. If you've watched any television over the past few weeks, you've likely seen ads claiming that Hogan is "too dangerous" for Maryland. The strategy: Portray Hogan as a right-winger who, if elected governor, would...