By Bruce DePuyt
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) delivers the final State of the State address of his term cognizant of powerful realities, both positive and negative, that will determine whether he gets a second four-year stint as Maryland’s chief executive.
For a Republican in one of the most Democratic states in the nation, Hogan enters the election year with extraordinarily high poll numbers and campaign coffers that are plump with cash. But he is sailing into treacherous headwinds.
Anger toward President Trump and the Republican-led Congress threaten to boost Democratic voter turnout in November into the stratosphere, with results that could well mimic those seen in Virginia and Alabama, where Democrats romped to unexpected victories.