The 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election is on November 6, 2018. The Republican and Democratic primaries will be held on June 26, 2018. The incumbent is Republican Governor Larry Hogan.
Last week we learned that Alec Ross, author, entrepreneur and former adviser to Hillary Clinton, will run for the Democratic nomination. He is the first to announce, but many others are expected before the dust settles.
Others considering are: Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Rep. John Delaney, former Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., former NAACP executive director Benjamin Jealous and former Venable chairman James Shea.
Governing rates incumbent Hogan as “potentially vulnerable” and says this:
Just two years ago, it would have been hard to imagine a Republican governor of solidly blue Maryland — and harder still to imagine one who at this point looks pretty well-positioned to win a second term.
Hogan, a moderate who has distanced himself from Trump, has recorded impressive approval ratings for any Maryland governor, much less a Republican.
For now, Hogan seems to be in good shape, but if a strong Democrat decides to enter the race, his vulnerability rating could increase.