Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday that he won’t run for the U.S. Senate, removing a potential challenge to Democratic incumbent Chris Van Hollen that national Republicans believed could have helped them secure control of the Senate in the November elections.
“When I pledged to the people of Maryland that I was going to give this job as governor everything I’ve got every single day that I’m given, I meant it,” the governor said during a news conference at the State House in Annapolis. “And that commitment is far more important to me than any political campaign.”
The second-term governor’s decision was a setback in the GOP’s fight to seize the Senate majority this fall. The Senate is deadlocked 50-50, but Democrats control the chamber because Vice President Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote.
There are 34 Senate seats up this November, but fewer than a dozen are considered competitive. Republicans need a net gain of just one seat to flip the chamber from blue to red.
Too bad. I'd like to see Van Hollen gone, and this was about the only way it could happen.