Trump involvement in midterms could hurt Republicans, Maryland’s GOP governor says

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(CNN)The involvement of former President Donald Trump in 2022 midterm campaigns could hurt the GOP, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Sunday, as the 45th President continues to make endorsements and plans to appear on the campaign trail.

“If the former president interferes with the primaries and tries to help nominate folks that are unelectable in a general election in, say, swing districts and purple states, that’s gonna hurt,” Hogan told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” adding it is an issue to contend with. Trump has not said whether he will run for reelection in the 2024 presidential campaign but continues to have an influential grip on the Republican party.

He endorsed Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, who distanced himself from the former president during the gubernatorial race and continues to peddle lies about the 2020 election. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, on Saturday warned that the party must moved beyond Trump’s fixation on the 2020 election in order to continue political gains such as the one in Virginia.

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