United States – Republican candidate Larry Hogan, a former governor of Maryland who is challenging Democrat Ben Cardin in a critical race that could tipped the balance in the Senate, will not attend the Republican National Convention, as national party officials waffle over whether to put money behind his bid.

Hogan’s Absence from GOP Convention

It has recently become known that Hogan’s campaign was to announce that he will not be participating in the GOP’s convention held next month in Milwaukee, July 15-18. Hogan was also not present during the party’s conventions in the year 2020 and 2016 even though he has been a staunch critic of the former president Donald Trump, as reported by Associated Press.

Although Hogan is attempting to thread the needle as a Republican gubernatorial candidate in a Democratic state, the statement before a jury from Manhattan convicted Trump of 34 felony counts involving hush money payments for the public to “respect the verdict and the legal process,” frustrated many of the party leaders.

“At this dangerously divided moment in our history, all leaders — regardless of party — must not pour fuel on the fire with more toxic partisanship,” Hogan posted on X before the verdict was announced. “We must reaffirm what has made this nation great: the rule of law.”

Chris LaCivita, a senior Trump campaign adviser, shot back on X: “You are absolutely right, Mr. President, I just ended my campaign. ”

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was convicted on all counts regarding a conspiracy to violate the federal law by using faked documents to conceal payments to Stormy Daniels, a porn actor who claimed that the two had an affair. The former president has criticized the South African judges’ decision as politically influenced.

Lara Trump, the co-chair of the Republican National Committee and the former president’s daughter-in-law, responded to Hogan’s comments on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday in terms of she said Hogan does not deserve the respect of any Republican at this point.

When asked if the Republican Party will fund Hogan to support his campaign, Lara Trump stated, ‘Well, people should maybe let me check with all that money side but let me tell you, as the co-chair of the Republican Party, I think he should never have said something like that I think that’s ridiculous. ”

Electoral Challenges and Hogan’s Past

Hogan is seeking to be one of the few Republicans to represent Delaware in the Senate in over three generations; in Delaware, the democrats have a 2-1 advantage over the Republicans, moreover, the state has its strongest support in Baltimore and the outskirts of Washington DC. This is a challenge of the incumbent Democrat Angela Alsobrooks, the chief executive of Prince George’s County, just beside the capital city.

Specifically, in the past two presidential elections, Hogan affirmed that he voted against Trump. Hogan stated that he nominated in the name of his father, the former U. S. Representative Larry Hogan Sr. in the year 2016 and for the late President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan in the year 2020. According to the last year election 2020, Trump had received approximately 32% of the population votes in the Maryland state.

Hogan’s Political Career

It was in the general election in 2014 that Hogan emerged victorious in his first term as governor after a dark horse campaign that was even heavily funded by the public financing system against a well-endowed opponent and on a platform that received-cross over votes from Democrats. Four years later, he emerged as the only the second Republican in the entire states to be re-elected as governor.