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Hogan to launch 4-day swing through Western Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan will take his show on the road Saturday as he launches a four-day swing through Western Maryland, a region of the state where his popularity appears to be sky-high.

Hogan, who recently reported that he is cancer-free after months of chemotherapy, will combine governing and politics during his trip through Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. He will be accompanied by his wife, Yumi Hogan.

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The governor will start his tour in Frostburg Saturday with a holiday parade and downtown walk with Mayor Robert Flanigan, then take an economic development tour in Garrett with Sen. George Edwards and Del. Wendell Beitzell, the local Republican lawmakers.

Sunday will keep him in Garrett, a Republican stronghold where he took almost 80 percent of the vote last year, with visits to a hospital and nursing home and a youth center.

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Hogan will make a tourism-related announcement Monday in Garrett, then make his way east to Allegany for a Pearl Harbor commemoration in Flintstone and an economic development announcement in Cumberland.

On Tuesday he will wind up his tour in Hagerstown with an announcement of grant awards in the state's fight against heroin use -- a growing concern in the state's rural areas.

Hogan also plans to take some time during the tour for party-building activities, including a sold-out fundraiser for House of Delegates Republicans Monday in Cumberland.

A recent Baltimore Sun Poll showed that Hogan's favorable ratings in rural Maryland at impressive levels, with 77 percent approving of his performance and only 16 percent disapproving. The margin or error would be 6.7 percent. He polled almost as well last year in Allegany and Washington counties as in Garrett, exceeding 70 percent in both jurisdictions.

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