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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who was considering an insurgent White House bid that would have championed traditional GOP values, will not challenge President Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 nomination.“I’m not going to be a candidate for president in 2020,” Hogan said in an interview.Hogan’s choice dashes the political hopes of Trump’s leading GOP critics, who have wooed the popular Maryland governor for months and connected him with key players in early voting states. “I don’t see a way to get there.” He said the reality is that “90 percent of the Republican Party supports” Trump.Hogan said, “I never liked the terminology, ‘Never Trumper,’ ” and he said that while he respects the people who lead that movement, he has never considered that movement to be his political base.On Capitol Hill, the lone Republican to call for Trump’s impeachment in the wake of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice has been Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), underscoring the uphill battle facing Trump’s critics.Hogan said he admired Amash for speaking out but said: “I’m not sure I’d go as far as he’s willing to go. But, you know, I battled cancer for 18 months and can probably take it.” The governor was treated for lymphoma during his first term in office.Yet as Hogan — only the second Republican ever reelected as governor in Maryland — mulled a bid in Ocean City in late May, he said he could not convince himself that there was a growing demand in his party for what he would be selling, at least at this moment in the frenzy of the Trump era.“There was less of a demand out there in a Republican primary for the kind of thing we’re talking about right now,” he said in the interview. That list includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, according to GOP donors familiar with their thinking.“I believe there’s going to be a future in the Republican Party beyond President Trump,” Hogan said.

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