Former GOP Gov. Larry Hogan tries to nab Senate seat from Democrats in deep-blue Maryland

BALTIMORE — Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s entrance into the Maryland Senate race for retiring Sen. Ben Cardin’s (D-MD) seat is offering Republicans what might be their best shot in decades to flip a seat in the deep-blue stronghold. 

Hogan, who had been floated as a possible third-party presidential candidate for months before opting out, earlier this year launched his bid for the Senate seat Cardin first won in 2006. Hogan’s entrance into the race has scrambled the Senate playing field, with Democrats facing a tough map to hold on to their current majority, at 51 seats to 49 for Republicans. At the very least, Hogan’s candidacy will force Democrats to spend time and money on a race they had long assumed to be safely in their column.

Hogan finished his 2015-23
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