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Larry Hogan has no plans for a third-party bid in 2024.

Former Gov. Larry Hogan: “There May Have to Be” a Third-Party Candidate in 2024

Former Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) made a bold statement on Sunday, suggesting that a third-party candidate might be necessary in the 2024 presidential race. While he clarified that he himself is not considering a third-party bid, Hogan acknowledged the dissatisfaction among voters with the top Democratic and GOP choices.

No Labels, a centrist party group, has been working tirelessly to provide alternatives in presidential elections. For the upcoming 2024 race, they aim to offer options beyond former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden, catering to voters who want a fresh approach.

Americans Want a Different Choice

During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Hogan expressed his understanding of the frustrations that lead to discussions about a third-party candidate. He highlighted that a significant majority of Americans, around 70%, do not want Biden or Trump as president. With the current nominees being choices that no one wants, Hogan acknowledged the need for an alternative.

“There may have to be a—,” Hogan began, before being interrupted by CNN anchor Dana Bash, who asked, “So, you don’t want to be choice C?”

“I may have to be choice C,” Hogan responded, indicating his willingness to consider a third-party bid.

A Controversial Affiliation

Hogan’s comments came during a political panel discussion on the show, where he was joined by Faiz Shakir, a longtime aide to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Shakir cautioned Hogan against running under the No Labels affiliation, describing the organization as a “corporate front group” that supports a corrupt political system.

“Well, they seem to be worrying a lot of Democrats because they’re taken seriously,” Hogan retorted, defending the credibility of No Labels.

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Hogan’s Stance on the Republican Nomination

Hogan, known for his criticism of Trump, had previously declined to challenge him for the 2024 Republican nomination. In March, he stated that his focus was on preventing Trump from becoming the party’s nominee again. While he ruled out seeking the Republican nomination, Hogan has not completely ruled out the possibility of a third-party bid.

“I have ruled out seeking the Republican nomination. And I haven’t ruled [running as an independent] out,” Hogan told ABC News. “But it’s not something I’m really working toward or thinking about.”

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