Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says GOP may benefit

Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says November’s election should be “huge” for his party, but he may be “somewhat muted” due to some far-right Republican candidates on the ballot in many battleground states. .

Hogan is confident that his party will enter the House, but he thinks the Senate “can go either way.” He doesn’t expect a “big swing” to come in the governor’s race.

“It should be a big year for Republicans. But we haven’t always nominated the strongest candidates for the general election,” he told CBS News in a phone call on Friday. “It could have been a big year, but I think it’s still going to be a good year for Republicans.”

Hogan, a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, denounced him for “attacking the strongest Republican candidates” in the primaries and for spending too much time helping support the “weakest candidates” in the GOP.

And he suggested that Trump’s efforts were, in fact, harmful, that the nominations of those candidates led to Roe v. Wade, which has overwhelming Democrats

This group of candidates includes nominees in Hogan’s own state, Dan Cox, who was endorsed by Trump.

He told CBS News that he has yet to decide who he will vote to succeed him as Maryland’s gubernatorial race.

“Anything is possible,” he replied when asked if he would write in a candidate as he has done in the last two presidential elections. According to the Washington Post, Hogan has been very critical of Cox, calling him a “nut” who has “no chance” of winning in Maryland.

And he also disagreed with a fellow GOP governor who has been promoting GOP candidates, sowing doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 election. On Wednesday, Hogan’s neighboring governor, Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, campaigned with Arizona’s gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake. Lake Has Said President Joe Biden “Lost” [2020] The election should not take place in the White House.”

Hogan said he didn’t know what Youngkin would find “fascinating about Kari Lake.”

“All I can tell you is that this is not a candidate that I would engage in trying to help,” Hogan said. “You have to ask him how he makes his decisions. To me, it doesn’t matter much.”

The governor of Maryland, a potential presidential candidate in 2024, is doing what he can to help some competing GOP candidates through advertising, fundraising, and campaign programs.

He organized fundraising for Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Connecticut Senate candidate Themis Clarides, who lost to Trump-backed candidate Leora Levy. During a swing through Iowa, Oregon governor nominee Christine Drazen and Nebraska Republican Rep. Don also appeared in shows with Bacon. His advocacy group, N America United, has also aired advertisements for Representative David Valladao of California, one of only two House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump and run his primary to advance to the general election. managed to escape.

Hogan’s latest endorsements are for two moderate Republicans running in historically democratic areas: Alan Fung in Rhode Island’s Second District and Joe O’Dea, who is trying to oust Sen. Michael Bennett in Colorado.

“I really like Joe O’Dea because he reminds me of running for governor in 2014. He’s not a politician, he sounds like a straight shooter,” Hogan told CBS News. “Unfortunately he is being attacked from both sides.”

Trump slammed O’Day online on Monday, calling him a “Rino” character who is “a good old time saying he wants to “distance” himself from President Trump and other slightly filthy things.

Trump wrote, “MAGA doesn’t vote for stupid people with big mouths.” Colorado’s Senate race is tilted slightly toward Democratic incumbent Senator Michael Bennett.

“We shouldn’t get behind strong Republican candidates who have a chance to win, and who are running good campaigns. It doesn’t make any sense,” Hogan said.

Hogan praised Fung and said he could be the only federal Republican in New England if he turned the district over. For Hogan, Fung fits into the bucket of more liberal Republicans who may appeal to general election voters, particularly in the Northeast, which is heavily Democratic but has a tradition of moderate Republican lawmakers and governors.

Hogan has yet to decide whether he will run for president and says he won’t make an announcement until his term as governor ends in January.

“I’m going to be involved in some way or the other, but I haven’t decided whether I’m going to be a candidate for president or any other position,” he said.

According to Maryland Matters, in October, Hogan met with about 50 donors and longtime supporters in Annapolis to discuss the prospect of running for the White House. Hogan detailed the focus of the meeting, saying it was to talk about “what the future might look like”.

He has garnered high approval ratings in his two terms, but it is not clear whether he will be as popular nationally. He got a 73% approval rating according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll from October. The same poll found that among registered Republicans in Maryland, 59% would vote for Trump in a hypothetical 2024 matchup, while 35% would vote for Hogan.

hogan Another president driven by Trump opposes the ideaHaving said that this would reduce the party’s chances of winning in the mid-term and winning back the White House.

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