Former Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in Maryland on Friday, hours before the state’s filing deadline, in a blow to Democrats.
The surprise candidacy from the moderate Hogan in blue Maryland, first reported by Politico, further complicates the contours of the 2024 election battlefield for Democrats, who have a razor-thin Senate majority and are on defense in far more states than Republicans. Now, should Hogan win his party’s nomination, they will also have to defend an open seat against a popular GOP candidate with strong name identification in a state where Democrats have won every U.S. Senate election since 1986,
In his announcement video, Hogan states that “Washington is broken” and “willingness to put country over party has become far too rare” while referencing his father, late Rep. Larry Hogan Sr. (R-MD) and his votes to impeach late President Richard Nixon:
I am running for the United States Senate – not to serve one party – but to stand up to both parties, fight for Maryland, and fix our nation’s broken politics. It’s what I did as Maryland’s governor, and it’s exactly how I’ll serve Maryland in the Senate. Let’s…