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Hogan dodges question on Trump, won't say who he backs for president

Gov. Larry Hogan declined to say who he supports for president during a news conference in Annapolis Tuesday.

Asked if he would support Donald Trump if the controversial front-runner won the Republican nomination, Hogan deflected.

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"Quite frankly, I'm completely disgusted with national politics in both parties -- Democrats and Republicans," Hogan said. "I'm not paying much attention. I'm trying to focus here in Maryland. I don't know who the Republican nominee is going to be. I don't know who the Democratic nominee is going to be. I don't know if we're going to have a third-party candidate."

Some expected Hogan to follow the lead of his political ally, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who endorsed Trump after dropping out of the presidential race. Hogan had been a staunch supporter of Christie, campaigning with him in New Hampshire and spinning for him following a debate.

Last week, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat who is rumored to be a possible candidate for governor in 2018, called on Hogan to declare whether he'd support Trump or not.

On Tuesday, Hogan noted the general election is eight months away. The primary is next month.

"It's way too early to speculate about who I might consider once I pull that curtain," Hogan said. "But I'm not going to get involved. I'm going to stay focused here in Maryland."

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