Carol Channing

Dan Rodricks: Maryland GOP loses some ground after a Trump (or Hogan) bump

Dan Rodricks: Maryland GOP loses some ground after a Trump (or Hogan) bump

Nobody asked me, but I wonder: Is the Republican Party growing in Maryland because of the popularity of Larry Hogan, the first GOP governor to win re-election here in more than 60 years, or are Maryland Republicans leaving the party because of the Trump presidency?

I looked at the numbers from the state election board, and here’s what I found: Republican registration showed some nice growth — about 68,000 new voters — between 2014, the year of Hogan’s election, and 2016, the year of Donald Trump’s. That could have happened because of Hogan’s popularity, but my hunch is these were new voters excited by Trump’s candidacy. Either way, the trend did not continue: The GOP lost ground...

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