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Former Maryland governor Larry Hogan (R) announced Sunday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2024, dismissing speculation that Trump critics may be entering an increasingly crowded field, saying He said he would “not risk being part of another” multi-car pileup that could potentially help Mr Trump clinch the nomination.

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in a statement on TwitterHogan said that the Republican Party must “move on from Donald Trump” and that his decision was about “securing his future in the Republican Party” rather than “ensuring a future for the Republican Party.”

in an opinion piece for new York Times Also published on Sunday, Hogan criticized the position of the Republican Party, saying that since 2016, “Republican voters have been denied a real debate about our party beyond loyalty to Mr. Trump,” and that “A cult of personality is not a substitute for a party of principle.”

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Hogan said that in 2020, “the party didn’t even bother to pass a campaign platform.”

Hogan did not endorse any particular candidate, instead stating that “there are many capable Republican leaders who have the ability to step up and lead.”

Hogan—who left the governor’s office in January after two terms—has criticized Trump in the past, and has twice symbolically declined to vote for Trump (he voted for Ronald Reagan on his 2020 ballot). wrote, and in 2016, he wrote in his father, a former Congressman).

main background

Trump announced his third bid for the presidency in November. Trump is leading in some early primary polls, but major Republican leaders are not as enthusiastic about him as before. He was criticized by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, and major party fundraisers including the Charles Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and Steve Schwarzman have said or indicated That they would not support Trump going forward. , On Thursday, he was thrown out of the Club for Growth's annual private donor retreat, as a major rift between him and the anti-tax group's president, David McIntosh, looms large over several 2022 races. Last week, Trump bashed former ally Fox News after it was revealed that Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch said in a statement that several of the network's hosts wished they could "report Trump's false voter fraud claims." Strong in condemnation".

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Trump faces a challenge for the GOP presidential nomination from former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who announced her candidacy last month and served as Trump's ambassador to the United States. Many expect Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run, and some polls show him beating Trump.

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Trump told a rally on Saturday that he would not drop out of the race if he was impeached. "I can't even think of leaving," he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The former president is facing investigations in Fulton County, Georgia, over the 2020 election and from the Justice Department on January 6 for his actions and improper handling of classified documents after leaving office.

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