Larry Hogan, a former governor of Maryland, announced on Sunday that he would not run for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2024. He did this to avoid unintentionally helping Donald Trump’s chances by assembling a “multicar pileup” of candidates who would be in his favor, Reuters reports.
Hogan, whose eight-year term as governor of Maryland came to a close in January, is regarded as a moderate in a party that has turned more to the right.
“To once again be a successful governing party, we must move on from Mr. Trump,” Larry Hogan wrote in a New York Times OP-ED. “The stakes are too high for me to risk being part of another multicar pileup that could potentially help Mr. Trump recapture the nomination.”
In November, Trump declared his bid for president in 2024. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is his only significant opponent for the Republican nomination, though activist investor Vivek Ramaswamy has also joined the race.
Among those contemplating opposing Trump for the nomination are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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