On Friday afternoon, historically a “down time” for news, former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sent out a shock wave to the news world: he wrote on X that he would seek the Republican nomination for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin this year.
It was less than three weeks ago that center-right Republican Hogan — 67 and a cancer survivor — was being boomed as a presidential candidate on the “No Labels” ticket. He has since ruled out that path and endorsed Nikki Haley for president.
His candidacy comes at a time when private Republican-run polls show Hogan with a double-digit lead over either Democratic candidate: Rep. David Trone, one of the wealthiest members of Congress who has spent an estimated $23 million of his own money so far on his campaign, and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (who would be Maryland’s first Black senator).
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