Donald Trump Critic Handed Election Win

Larry Hogan, the former governor of Maryland, won his state’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Hogan, 67, was up against GOP candidates Robin Ficker and Chris Chaffee, and was called the winner by AP at 8:38 p.m. EST. The former governor, who served two terms between 2015 and 2023, has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in November.

AP also declared Trump the winner of Maryland’s GOP primary race at 8:27 p.m. EST Tuesday.

Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, talks to reporters after he cast his ballot in the state primary election at Davidsonville Elementary School on May 14, 2024, in…

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The Context

Hogan’s win on Tuesday puts Trump’s influence over the Republican Party to the test. The former governor is also vying to replace retiring Democratic Senator Ben Cardin’s seat. If he wins in November, Hogan would be the first Republican Senator for Maryland since 1987.

Following the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, Hogan became a vocal critic of Trump, and has pressed his party to move away from the former president’s influence in recent elections. He had previously endorsed former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination and told Axios in March that he will not be voting for Trump this fall.

“The party is still the party of Trump,” Hogan told The New York Times in an interview on Monday. “But I’m still a voice of reason to try to make sure we get back to a more traditional Republican Party.”

What We Know

During an interview with The New York Times on Monday, Hogan spoke about his continued criticism of the former president and his impact on the Republican Party, telling the outlet that he feels “a little bit like I’m running toward the burning building” by running for Senate.

He added, however, that “you can either give up and walk away or you can continue to try to fight to get things back to the place you want it to be.”

“The party is still the party of Trump,” Hogan said during the interview. “But I’m still a voice of reason to try to make sure we get back to a more traditional Republican Party.”

This is a developing story. It will be updated as information becomes available