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Maryland’s outgoing GOP Governor Larry Hogan lays the groundwork to challenge Trump for the 2024 nomination with a series of donor meetings and the unveiling of a new PAC dubbed ‘A Better Path Forward’

  • Maryland’s outgoing Republican Governor Larry Hogan lays groundwork to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination
  • Trump was the first to officially enter the 2024 race — last Tuesday from Mar-a-Lago, a week after his party had a disappointing interim result
  • But Hogan — of the party’s moderate, anti-MAGA wing — visited Nevada’s premier early caucus and swing state last weekend.
  • The Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday that he also organized a series of gatherings with donors and grassroots activists after Thanksgiving.
  • And will launch a PAC called “A Better Path Forward” next week in Maryland’s capital, Annapolis

Maryland’s outgoing Republican Governor Larry Hogan is laying the groundwork to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

Trump was the first to officially enter the 2024 race — last Tuesday from Mar-a-Lago, a week after his party posted a disappointing interim result.

But Hogan — of the party’s moderate, anti-MAGA wing — visited Nevada’s main early caucus and swing state last weekend to address the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference.

This was reported by the Washington Examiner Wednesday that he also hosted a series of meetings with donors and grassroots activists after Thanksgiving.

And will launch a PAC called “A Better Path Forward” next week in Maryland’s capital, Annapolis.

Maryland’s outgoing Republican Governor Larry Hogan lays groundwork to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appeared in the vital early caucus state and swing state of Nevada last week ahead of a series of meetings with donors and grassroots activists

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appeared in the vital early caucus state and swing state of Nevada last week ahead of a series of meetings with donors and grassroots activists

The event is expected to draw about 300 backers, The Examiner learned.

“The things I’ve been talking about for a few years now are starting to be endorsed by more and more people. Some of my colleagues are even saying it out loud,” Hogan told The Examiner, speaking of his party’s need to part ways with Trump.

“A lot of people say, ‘Maybe we should go in a different direction after all,’ Hogan continued. “So I think maybe there’s a bigger track and an easier trail than there was.”

“I’m not saying it’s easy,” Hogan added.

Hogan said he would officially make a decision on 2024 after Jan. 18, when his second term as Maryland governor ends.

Polls show Trump still dominates in a Republican primary — with only Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trailing Trump by double digits.

A Morning Consult/Politico Survey released Wednesday found that 45 percent of likely GOP primary voters would elect Trump.

After that, DeSantis puts on 30 percent.

As for Hogan, only one respondent chose the outgoing Maryland governor as the first choice, putting him at 0 percent.

GOP Senator Mitt Romney, another Trump critic, sits at 2 percent, while Rep. Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her house seat by a Trump-aligned challenger, also gets 2 percent.

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