HAGERSTOWN — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is the most popular political figure in Maryland, but this election season he has largely kept his star power to himself.
In a polarizing election, Hogan has eschewed a governor’s traditional role as de facto head of his political party. He has endorsed just four candidates, headlined a handful of fundraisers and made few public appearances with candidates on the campaign trail.
“I don’t think I have an obligation to elect Republicans,” Hogan said during a recent swing through Western Maryland. “I’m going to help the people I think are doing a good job.”
In less than a month, Maryland will elect a new senator to succeed retiring Barbara A. Mikulski, eight members of the House of Representatives and new mayor, City Counciland comptroller for Baltimore.