Hogan raises money amid speculation of White House bid

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Time period-limited Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan raised money and launched a political motion committee on Wednesday amid speculation he’ll run for president in 2024, telling tons of of supporters he’ll decide after he leaves workplace in January.

Hogan has positioned himself to run as an alternative choice to Donald Trump. The previous president already has introduced he is operating for president in 2024.

The governor acknowledged the speculation about his political future in a speech to supporters.

“Subsequent yr, I’m going to sit down down and discuss to my household, discuss to my mates and decide how I can finest serve our nice nation,” Hogan stated.

Hogan, who has been a fierce critic of Trump, could be an underdog in a Republican major, a degree he famous that in his speech.

“I do know there isn’t a scarcity of naysayers, however I’ve at all times been an underdog, and other people have at all times counted us out, however each single time, we’ve overwhelmed the percentages,” Hogan added.

The Republican candidate Hogan endorsed for governor, Kelly Schulz, misplaced the GOP major for governor in Maryland to Trump-endorsed Dan Cox. Cox, nevertheless, went on to lose by a big margin within the November common election to Democrat Wes Moore.

Hogan instructed reporters after his speech Wednesday evening that he believed there was “no query” that help for Trump was eroding within the GOP.

“The celebration and the nation wants to maneuver on from him,” Hogan stated.

Hogan held two fundraisers at a lodge and on line casino about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the state capital. One marked the launch of a political motion committee known as Higher Path Ahead, and the opposite was held for Hogan’s political group, An America United, stated David Weinman, who’s the group’s govt director.

The occasions raised about $1.2 million.

Earlier than the fundraisers, Hogan held a management summit in Annapolis, the Maryland capital, to speak concerning the future of the nation.

Hogan has been a well-liked governor in a state the place Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1. He’s solely the second Republican governor to ever be reelected in Maryland.

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