Hogan Claims DeSantis Campaign ‘Close To Being Over’

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) campaign for the Republican nomination in sharp terms this week. The former governor said that DeSantis has “really underperformed” so far in the primary.

Hogan was asked about DeSantis’ campaign during an interview with CBS News this week.

“He started making all kinds of mistakes,” Hogan said. “I think the campaign is one of the worst I’ve seen so far and he’s dropped like a rock.”

CBS anchor Major Garrett asked Hogan if it was “over for DeSantis?” 

Hogan replied that he believed it was “close to being over.”

The former Maryland governor denied the possibility that he could run for president as an independent.

He argued that two-thirds of the American public did not want either former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden in the White House.

He spoke positively of the idea of a third-party bid but backed away from declaring a candidacy.

“It’s not something I’m pursuing,” he said. Hogan said that his current goal was to prevent Trump from receiving the 2024 Republican nomination.

When asked about why specifically DeSantis was underperforming, Hogan said that the Florida governor was focused on the “culture wars.” He also said that DeSantis was “not a good campaigner” and “not a good debater.” 

“But yeah, I think, you know, everyone was thinking he was the guy to beat and now I don’t think too many people think that,” Hogan said.

Hogan passed on a potential bid for the White House earlier this year. The two-term governor said that he gave a run “serious consideration,” but decided against such a move. He said in March that he “didn’t need to run for another office.” 

“I didn’t want to have a pileup of a bunch of people fighting,” he said. “Right now, you have Trump and DeSantis at the top of the field soaking up all of the oxygen, getting all of the attention.”

He further added that a number of other candidates were “in single digits” in polls. 

“And the more of them you have, the less chance you have for somebody rising up,” Hogan said.