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Hogan Raises Money; Pres Bid? 12/01 06:25


   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Term-limited Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan raised money 
and launched a political action committee on Wednesday amid speculation he will 
run for president in 2024, telling hundreds of supporters he'll make a decision 
after he leaves office in January.

   Hogan has positioned himself to run as an alternative to Donald Trump. The 
former president already has announced he's running for president in 2024.

   The governor acknowledged the speculation about his political future in a 
speech to supporters.

   "Next year, I'm going to sit down and talk to my family, talk to my friends 
and determine how I can best serve our great nation," Hogan said.

   Hogan, who has been a fierce critic of Trump, would be an underdog in a 
Republican primary, a point he noted that in his speech.

   "I know there is no shortage of naysayers, but I've always been an underdog, 
and people have always counted us out, but every single time, we've beaten the 
odds," Hogan added.

   The Republican candidate Hogan endorsed for governor, Kelly Schulz, lost the 
GOP primary for governor in Maryland to Trump-endorsed Dan Cox. Cox, however, 
went on to lose by a large margin in the November general election to Democrat 
Wes Moore.

   Hogan told reporters after his speech Wednesday night that he believed there 
was "no question" that support for Trump was eroding in the GOP.

   "The party and the country needs to move on from him," Hogan said.

   Hogan held two fundraisers at a hotel and casino about 25 miles (40 
kilometers) from the state capital. One marked the launch of a political action 
committee called Better Path Forward, and the other was held for Hogan's 
political organization, An America United, said David Weinman, who is the 
organization's executive director.

   The events raised about $1.2 million.

   Before the fundraisers, Hogan held a leadership summit in Annapolis, the 
Maryland capital, to talk about the future of the country.

   Hogan has been a popular governor in a state where Democrats outnumber 
Republicans 2-to-1. He is only the second Republican governor to ever be 
reelected in Maryland.

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