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A new national poll pegging approval marks for all 50 states’ governors has once again placed Gov. Larry Hogan at the top, right behind Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

The survey, conducted by D.C.-based Morning Consult, says 68 percent of Maryland’s registered voters approve of Hogan’s job performance three years into his term, while 17 percent disapprove. The mark is consistent with previous Morning Consult polls, conducted quarterly, and several points higher than other recent surveys from Goucher College and Mason-Dixon Polling.

As we noted exactly one year ago, Hogan and Baker have achieved high popularity as moderate Republicans governing traditionally blue states. Hogan has managed to win favor from Democrats as he approaches his bid for re-election, earning approval from 59 percent of his opposition party’s voters, as of September 2017.

There are seven competitors seeking the Democratic nomination to unseat him after his first term, but he won’t have a definite rival until the primary election on June 26. As of February, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker leads the pack with a 19 percent of Democratic voters choosing him, but nearly half said they are not who to pick.

Hogan is running unopposed in the upcoming primary election. The general election will be held Nov. 6.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...