Ho­gan casts write-in vote for Ronald Rea­gan

Will be tal­lied as ‘other,’ not ex­pected to make a dif­fer­ence in elec­tion

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Pamela Wood

Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan, who has demon­strated that he’s no ally of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, cast a write-in vote for the late Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan in this fall’s elec­tion.

The Repub­li­can gov­er­nor voted last week by send­ing off his bal­lot through the U.S. Postal Ser­vice, his spokesman, Mike Ricci, said Fri­day.

Since Rea­gan is dead and not rec­og­nized as an of­fi­cial write-in can­di­date in Mary­land, Ho­gan’s vote will be tal­lied by Anne Arun­del County elec­tion of­fi­cials as a vote for “other.” Mary­land has two dozen rec­og­nized write-in can­di­dates, in­clud­ing mu­si­cian and en­tre­pre­neur Kanye West.

Ho­gan’s vote is not ex­pected to make dif­fer­ence in the out­come of the Nov. 3 elec­tion in Mary­land, where Trump is deeply un­pop­u­lar. A re­cent Goucher Col­lege Poll found Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Joe Bi­den lead­ing Trump in the state, 61% to 30%.

Though Ho­gan was courted by the so-called “never Trumpers” in the GOP to get in the race as an al­ter­na­tive to the pres­i­dent, he de­cided against a pres­i­den­tial run in 2019.

Ho­gan was asked re­peat­edly about his as­pi­ra­tions this sum­mer as he pro­moted his po­lit­i­cal mem­oir, “Still Stand­ing.” He’s been touted as a po­ten­tial can­di­date for the pres­i­dency or the U.S. Se­nate in 2024, af­ter his sec­ond term as gov­er­nor ends in Jan­uary 2023 (state law lim­its gov­er­nors to two four-year terms). The U.S. Se­nate seat up for elec­tion in 2024 is held by Demo­crat Ben Cardin, now in his third term in the Se­nate.

Ho­gan of­ten de­murred and said he was fo­cused on lead­ing Mary­land through the coron­avirus pan­demic.

Ho­gan has called out Trump fre­quently this year for in­cor­rect state­ments about the coron­avirus and in­suf­fi­cient fed­eral help for state gov­ern­ments.

Like many Repub­li­cans, Ho­gan con­sid­ers Rea­gan a po­lit­i­cal hero. As a col­lege stu­dent, Ho­gan sup­ported Rea­gan’s un­suc­cess­ful pri­mary chal­lenge of in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford in 1976. Ho­gan later was named chair of Youth for Rea­gan and served as a del­e­gate to the 1980 Repub­li­can con­ven­tion where the party nom­i­nated Rea­gan for the pres­i­dency.

“The way Rea­gan spoke, his pos­i­tive world­view, how he seemed to care about peo­ple, his will­ing­ness to reach across the aisle — I had found my kind of Repub­li­can,” Ho­gan wrote in his book. “Those ideas re­ally con­nected with me. They would form the foun­da­tion of my fu­ture po­lit­i­cal beliefs.”

Four years ago, Ho­gan cast a write-in vote for his fa­ther, Larry Ho­gan Sr., for pres­i­dent. The el­der Ho­gan, who died in 2017, was a for­mer con­gress­man and Prince Ge­orge’s County ex­ec­u­tive.

CHUCK ROBIN­SON/AP FILE

Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan de­bates Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Wal­ter Mon­dale in Louisville, Ken­tucky, in 1984.

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