By Pat Warren

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland voters stand by their man. Governor Hogan’s approval rating is the highest for a governor since 1998. That’s according to The Washington Post and University of Maryland poll released Wednesday.

Nearly two-thirds of Marylander polled — 66 percent — approve of the job he’s doing.

Political reporter Pat Warren asked voters what they think of that.

It may be sour grapes, but some Democrats don’t want to believe it.

Larry Hogan, the most popular governor since 1998?

“I’ll be glad when he’s done, when he puts in a four-year stint and he’s done,” said Democrat Mel Eisenstein.

Maybe, maybe not.

“I’m a registered Democrat. I like the Republican governor,” said Democrat Heather Berlett.

“[Tuesday] night, I broke through four boards, which were labeled ‘Partisan Gridlock,'” Hogan laughed.

According to The Washington Post and University of Maryland poll, 56 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of Independents and 89 percent of Republicans approve of the job he’s doing.

Martin O’Malley’s highest approval rating was 57 percent, Bob Ehrlich’s highest number was 62 percent and Parris Glendening’s was 55 percent.

The governor made a Taekwondo ceremony Tuesday night symbolic of his apparent success at breaking through party lines.

“I want to maybe show it one more tie in slow motion,” he laughed.

The governor with the highest approval rating in 1998 was Paris Glendening.

More than half of Marylanders approve of Gov. Hogan’s efforts to work with Democrats.

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