Hogan to enter GOP race for Maryland governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Maryland is about to get a little more crowded.

Larry Hogan, who served as the appointments secretary under former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, is expected to formally announce his candidacy. The announcement was originally set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, but was postponed to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 due to the snow storm.

Hogan has teased a potential run for months and had also explored a run for the statehouse four years ago before Ehrlich decided to seek reelection. Hogan, 57, is also a real estate executive who has spent the last four years building Change Maryland, a conservative organization upset over much of the policies – especially fiscally – of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Hogan enters a GOP field that already includes Harford County Executive David Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar.

Whoever wins the Republican primary will face an uphill battle against any of the potential Democratic contenders, led by Attorney General Doug Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur.

Brown leads the fundraising battle with about $7 million while Gansler has about $6.3 million in his war chest. Craig leads the Republican fundraising battle with about $182,000 on hand.

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