DOG BITES MAN: Clinton, Van Hollen Lead Big In Maryland

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The Sun has unshocking news this morning: Hillary Clinton and Chris Van Hollen have large leads in Maryland over their GOP opponents, Donald Trump and Kathy Szeliga.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is deeply unpopular in Maryland and could be acting as a weight on the GOP candidate for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a statewide poll to be released Tuesday.

Trump, who is running only slightly behind Democrat Hillary Clinton in national polls, is getting crushed in blue Maryland. The businessman is down 29 points in the state, the poll finds, and is losing every demographic: men, women, whites, blacks, young voters and old.

The numbers in the contest to replace Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski are nearly identical. Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County is leading Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga of Baltimore County 2-1.

Clinton leads Trump, 54-29, while Van Hollen leads Szeliga, 55-26.

The poll also shows Governor Larry Hogan’s job approval numbers rising from 63% last November by eight points to an eyebrow-raising 71%. Apparently, Facebook temper tantrums are popular – who knew?

When the poll data becomes available later today, I’ll take a look at it and report back with any interesting data tidbits.

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