Trump was first to officially jump into the 2024 race – doing so last Tuesday from Mar-a-Lago, a week after his party suffered a disappointing midterm result.
But Hogan – from the moderate, anti-MAGA wing of the party – visited the key early caucus and swing state of Nevada last weekend, to address the annual Republican Jewish Coalition conference.
And will launch a PAC called ‘A Better Path Forward’ in Annapolis, Maryland’s capital, next week.
Maryland’s outgoing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is laying the groundwork to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. He appeared in Nevada, an early caucus and vital swing state last week
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan appeared in the vital early caucus state and swing state of Nevada last week, ahead of a series of meeting with donors and grassroots activists
The event is expected to bring out about 300 donors, The Examiner learned.
‘The things I’ve been talking about for a couple of years now, more people are starting to agree with. Some of my colleagues are actually saying it out loud,’ Hogan told The Examiner, speaking about his party’s need to break-up with Trump.
‘A lot of people are saying: “Maybe we do need to go in a different direction,”‘ Hogan continued. ‘So, I think there’s maybe a bigger lane and an easier path than there was.’
‘I’m not saying it’s an easy one,’ Hogan added.
Hogan said he’d officially make a decision about 2024 after January 18, when his second term as Maryland’s governor concludes.
Polling shows that Trump still dominates in a Republican primary – with only Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis polling in double-digits after Trump.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday found that 45 percent of likely GOP primary voters would select Trump.
After that, DeSantis attracts 30 percent.
As for Hogan, just one survey respondent chose the outgoing Maryland governor as their first pick, putting him at 0 percent.
GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, another Trump critic, sits at 2 percent, while Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her House seat by a Trump-aligned challenger, also gets 2 percent.