Hogan alleges Trump, national Democrats engaged in 'unprecedented collusion' to nominate fringe Cox

November's matchup for Maryland governorship will be GOP's Dan Cox and Democrats' Wes Moore

Updated: July 25, 2022 - 2:45pm

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Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday alleged "unprecedented collusion" between former GOP President Donald Trump and national Democrats to help what he considers a fringe candidate win his party's gubernatorial nomination.

Hogan said on ABC’s "This Week" that Trump-backed state Delegate Dan Cox's win was the result of the former president working with the Democratic Governors Association, which spent a reported millions on campaign ads purportedly to promote Cox, whom the DGA allegedly considers beatable in the general election.

"It was kind of (an) unprecedented collusion between the Democratic Governors Association and Donald Trump," said Hogan, first elected as governor in 2014 in liberal-leaning Maryland. "So, it was a win for the Democrats. It’s a big loss for the Republican Party, and we have no chance of saving that governor seat."

Hogan, who will leave as Maryland governor in January as a result of term limits, also said about Cox: "I would not support the guy. I wouldn't let him in the governor's office, let alone vote for him for the governor's office."

He also acknowledged this spring having called Cox a "QAnon whack job."

Also over the weekend, Wes Moore, an author and nonprofit executive, was declared the winner of the Maryland Democrat gubernatorial primary, held July 19.