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Departing GOP Gov. Larry Hogan Tears Into the Trump-Backed Republican Looking to Replace Him

Departing GOP Gov. Larry Hogan Tears Into the Trump-Backed Republican Looking to Replace Him

Maryland has long been one of the bluest states in the nation. In 2014, Republican Larry Hogan surprisingly won the gubernatorial election. Hogan, more of a moderate, is popular with both Republicans and Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – APRIL 17: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to reporters during a news briefing about the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic in front of the Maryland State House April 17, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Hogan has served two terms and is not eligible to serve another. The former Governor endorsed Kelly Schulz, another moderate Republican, in the gubernatorial primary. Donald Trump, however, supported an extreme MAGA candidate in Dan Cox. Cox defeated Schulz by a sizable margin but will be a heavy underdog in the race.

Trump, of course, touted his ability to get his chosen candidates through primaries. The former President wrote on Truth Social, “RINO Larry Hogan’s Endorsement doesn’t seem to be working out so well for his heavily favored candidate. Next, I’d love to see Larry run for President!”

Cox also stated, “President Trump didn’t have to come alongside an outsider, a newcomer so to speak. Somebody that believed in his vision of America first. A person that believed in it for each one of us. But he did.”

Hogan, however, thinks that Trump and Cox have cost the Republicans any chance they had at winning the race. He wrote on Twitter, “Trump lost Republicans the White House, the House, and the Senate. He’s selfishly colluded with national Democrats to cost us a Governor’s seat in Maryland where I ran 45 points ahead of him. He’s fighting for his ego. We’re fighting to win, and the fight goes on.”

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