On Saturday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will not seek the Republican Party’s Presidential nomination, challenging President Donald Trump.
Hogan, who had previously said he was considering a run for President said that he determined he could make the most meaningful impact not running. “I truly appreciate all of the encouragement I received from people around the nation urging me to consider making a run for president in 2020. However, I will not be a candidate. Instead, I am dedicated to serving my second-term as Maryland governor and in my new role leading America’s governors as the incoming chairman of the National Governors Association.” said Governor Hogan.
The Governor had flirted with a presidential run in late 2018 and early 2019, even making visits to the first in the nation primary state of New Hampshire. Despite not running for the highest office in the land, Maryland’s Governor said he plans to play an important role on the national political scene in the years ahead. He announced the launch of “An America United,” a new national organization that he hopes will help “reject the extremes of both political parties, work to break partisan gridlock, and bring people together to advance bold solutions for all Americans.”
Governor Hogan boasts one of the highest approval ratings of any Governor in the nation, and won his last gubernatorial election by a nearly 12 point margin, a rare feat for a Republican in the traditionally solid blue state of Maryland.