An OpinionWorks poll commissioned by The Baltimore Sun shows that the Republican Primary for Governor is “up for grabs.”
The GOP results:
In the Republican primary, Larry Hogan, a former Ehrlich administration official who entered the race last month, leads with 13 percent, the poll shows, and Harford County Executive David R. Craig garnered 7 percent after seven months of campaigning. Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County has 6 percent and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar 5 percent.
The poll indicates that 35 percent of likely Democratic voters support Brown, 14 percent back Gansler and 10 percent Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County.
More on the poll:
OpinionWorks of Annapolis conducted the poll for The Baltimore Sun. It surveyed 1,199 likely Maryland voters by telephone Feb. 8-12, including 500 likely Democratic primary voters and 499 likely Republican primary voters. The margin of error is 4.4 percentage points for questions about each of the two primaries.
The poll of Democrats indicated that people would be less likely to vote for Brown because of how he handled the Obamacare exchange mess but also indicated even more Democrats would be less likely to vote for Gansler due to the underage drinking beach party.
The Republican field is wide open. While Hogan has a slight lead, he has yet to run away with it as many predicted he would after he entered the race. It’s still early, so a lot of things are going to happen between now and the primary.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.