GOP Candidate Working to Flip a Key Senate Seat in Blue State Is Praised by Top Dems

( – Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who won Maryland’s May 14 Republican Senate primary, was praised by his Democratic competitor, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who is seeking to become the first black Maryland senator.

A new video released on May 16 by the Hogan campaign features an old clip of Alsobrooks stating that she had a “really wonderful working relationship” with Hogan when he was the governor.

The video also features an old clip of Rep. David Trone, who lost the May 16 Democratic Senate primary to Alsobrooks, stating that Hogan “wants to work across the aisle.”

The video includes an old clip of Hogan’s successor, Democratic Gov. Wes Moore, who says he applauded the then-governor and an old clip of President Joe Biden saying that Hogan is “doing a heck of a job.”

The video calls Hogan, the former two-term moderate Republican governor of Maryland, “a true independent and bipartisan leader who delivers.”

After his May 14 victory, Hogan assured voters in the traditionally blue state that he has a “proven track record” of working “across the aisle.” He added that he would not be another “Capitol Hill Republican.”

According to polls, Hogan, whose approval rating was 77 percent when he left office last year, is still popular with voters in Maryland. However, a Republican has not won a Maryland Senate election in four decades, and Alsobrooks has the support of Moore, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, Hogan acknowledged in a May 14 statement that he would always “be the underdog in Maryland.”

Hogan and Alsobrooks are running for the seat held by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin in a race that could determine control of the Senate. While Democrats have a 51-49 majority, they need to defend 23 out of 34 seats in the November general election. Republicans are hoping to flip some of the seats, including the West Virginia seat held by retiring Sen. Joe Manchin.

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