Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says Trump has cost the GOP the last three elections: “Three strikes, you’re out”



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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said Sunday that former President Donald Trump has cost the GOP the past three elections and that it’s high time to reevaluate what’s important to the party.

“This is basically the third straight election that Donald Trump has cost us the race, and it’s like, three strikes, you’re out,” Hogan said during an appearance on ‘State of the Union’ with Dana Bash. from CNN.

“It should have been a huge red wave. It should have been one of the biggest red waves we’ve ever had,” added Hogan, who was not eligible to run for a third term in Maryland this year. Despite President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings, the governor said his party “still hasn’t played.”

“I think the common-sense conservatives who focused on the issues that people care about, like the economy, crime and education, won out,” Hogan said. “But the people who tried to relaunch the 2020 election and focused on conspiracy theories… they were all almost universally dismissed.”

Hogan did not endorse Dan Cox, the Trump-backed Republican nominee to succeed him as governor of Maryland. Cox, who defeated Hogan’s chosen candidate in the GOP primary, made false allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats went on to reclaim the governorship of deep-blue Maryland last week, according to CNN, with the election of Wes Moore as the state’s first black governor.

Hogan stressed the importance for Republicans of going back to the drawing board to find “a more optimistic and positive view.”

“We need to get back to a party that gets more people, that can win in tough places, like I did in Maryland,” Hogan said.

Trump’s impact on the party was not lost on Hogan.

“There’s no doubt he’s still the 800-pound gorilla, and it’s still a battle,” Hogan said.

Asked by Bash if Trump’s impending “special announcement” this week could affect Georgia’s upcoming Senate runoff, Hogan replied, “No question about that.”

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will meet in the Dec. 6 runoff after neither candidate is expected to exceed the 50% vote threshold needed to win the primary. Georgia’s runoff is unlikely to affect the race for control of the Senate, after CNN predicted Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto would win re-election in Nevada, ensuring Democrats would hold at least 50 seats. (Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, is capable of breaking any tie 50-50).

Hogan called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “one of the important voices in the party.” DeSantis, who should have comfortably won his bid for a second term last week, is considered a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate.

Hogan dodged a question about running for president in 2024, saying, “I still have to do my day job until January 18.”

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