Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan continued to raise the possibility of challenging President Donald Trump in the Republican 2020 primary, expressing concern in a CBS News interview about Trump’s chances of winning the general election.
While the viability of such a challenge would be questionable, with Trump holding the support of 70 to 80 percent of Republican primary voters, Hogan pointed to the president’s lower popularity among general-election voters.
“The chances of him losing a general election are pretty good,” Hogan said. “I’m not saying he couldn’t win, but he’s pretty weak in the general election.”
Facing a crowded field of progressive Democrats vying for their party’s nomination, the governor said, Republicans might be worried enough to consider an alternative if the president’s numbers drop further.
“I don’t know what it’s going to look like down the road,” Hogan said. “Today it would be very difficult. Nobody’s successfully challenged a sitting president in the same party in a primary since 1884, so…
“I know I’m the second Republican in the history of Maryland,” he added, “but that’s probably about the same odds, I guess.”
Hogan might also face an uphill battle at home, however. In a recent Goucher College poll, 55 percent of Marylanders said the governor should not run for president.