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Hogan cancels forum appearance

Republican Larry Hogan canceled an appearance today at a gubernatorial forum about child care and early education.

Campaign spokesman Adam Dubitksy said Hogan has been ill and visited a doctor today. Hogan will take today to recuperate before hitting the campaign trail again this weekend, Dubitksy said.

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"For the last nine months, Larry has been out campaigning 16-plus hours a day, seven days a week, participating forums, granting interviews, and meeting with overtaxed Marylanders from all walks of life," Dubitksy said in an email. "This is the first forum where Larry Hogan and Anthony Brown have been scheduled to both attend but Larry has had to miss at the last minute."

Democratic candidate Anthony G. Brown, the lieutenant governor, still plans attend the event hosted by the Maryland Family Network. The advocacy group works to promote early childhood education, among other issues.

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Expanding access to state-subsidized preschool is a signature issue of Brown's campaign to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley. Hogan has said that while he supports the concept, he thinks the state cannot afford such an expansion now. Hogan's campaign has hewed closely to his message of pocketbook issues.

Voters will head to the polls Nov. 4 to pick Maryland's next governor. Libertarian candidate Shawn Quinn is also in the race.  A recent poll paid for by a Republican political action committe and conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies showed Brown with a slim 4 percentage-point lead over Hogan. Quinn polled at 1 percent, and 9 percent of voters were undecided, the survey found.

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