Hogan says Republicans can’t count on his vote in Senate

Maryland Senate candidate Larry Hogan (Republican) 30 second advertising spot President Trump said Tuesday that Republicans cannot count on his vote if elected to the Senate.

In the ad – Hogan’s second so far this general election cycle – the moderate Republican reiterated his commitment to being an independent voter.

“Let me be the first to say: Republicans can’t count on my vote in the Senate,” Hogan, a former governor of the Old Line State, said in the ad, “but you can’t count on Democrats either.”

“If they want my vote, they have to do what’s right for the state of Maryland, not what’s right for any particular party,” he continued. “That’s exactly what I did as governor, and that’s exactly what I’ll be as a senator.”

The ad, titled “Justice for Maryland,” will air across broadcast, cable and digital platforms in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. It’s part of a more than $1 million ad buy that launched last week, with the first ad featuring Hogan pledging to support legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.

The ad also comes as Hogan seeks to allay concerns that if elected to the U.S. Senate representing a Democratic-leaning state, he will align himself with mainstream Republican policies and promote the party’s national agenda.

Hogan, a popular governor of Maryland, rose to national prominence as a moderate Republican and became a rare and frequent critic of former President Trump.

Hogan made a surprise entry into the Senate race earlier this year, winning the Republican primary and raising Republican hopes of a win in the heavily Democratic state. When Hogan announced his candidacy, the Cook Political Report upgraded the race from “Dem-favorable” to “Dem-favorable.”

Prince George’s County Mayor Angela Alsobrooks (D) defeated incumbent Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) to win the Democratic nomination and will face off against Hogan in November to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).

Hogan is the former chairman of No Labels, a nonpartisan political group seeking unity in the 2024 presidential election, and was briefly seen as a third-party presidential candidate.

The Maryland Republican said earlier this year that he would not vote for Trump, the Republican frontrunner, in November’s presidential election and would instead seek a third-party candidate.

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