WASHINGTON – Nearly three-quarters of Republican voters would back President Donald Trump over Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in a hypothetical primary matchup, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Morning Consult/Politico survey found that 73 percent of the respondents said they would vote for Trump and nine percent said they would vote for Hogan.
Moreover, the poll found that Trump led Hogan and former GOP governors John Kasich (Ohio) and William Weld (Mass.) by 59 points or more.
The survey included 1,994 registered voters and was carried out Mar. 22-24. It has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
Hogan, 62, is the first Republican to be elected to a second term as Maryland’s chief executive since Theodore McKeldin in 1954. Hogan is considered a fiscal conservative and a social moderate.
Hogan has largely eschewed discussion of national politics though he has at times criticized Trump for making inflammatory comments. Hogan has said he is not actively seeking higher office but would not rule out the possibility.
Recent polls showed that a minority of Republicans want Trump to have a primary challenger next year.
Some pundits predicted that former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) might challenge Trump. However, Flake, despite being an outspoken critic of the president, announced in January that he will not enter the race.