Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin announced Monday that he will not be running for re-election in 2024, opening the door for Republicans to possibly flip the seat. Rumors have been spreading around Washington that former Republican Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, could run for the open seat now that Cardin has bowed out. Cardin released a video sharing the news of his retirement. “I am proud of all I have done for Maryland. I have given my heart and soul to our great state, and I thank Marylanders for trusting me as your representative for all these years. Thank you, Maryland,” said the senator.
Watch the retirement video below:
I am proud of all I have done for Maryland. I have given my heart and soul to our great state, and I thank Marylanders for trusting me as your representative for all these years.
Thank you, Maryland.https://t.co/3SVbOSKn86
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) May 1, 2023
Cardin continued, “It is time and when this term ends it will be my last years as an elected official, I will not seek reelection. It’s been the honor of my life to represent the people of Maryland first in the Maryland General Assembly, then as Speaker of the House, later as a member of the House of Representatives, and now as a United States Senator.”
Republicans were quick to jump on the new opportunity, as National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson, Tate Mitchell, told Fox, “Democrats are quickly realizing that the Senate won’t be any fun for them when Republicans retake the majority in 2024.”
Hogan’s prior interest in the Maryland seat was limited, but the possibility of breaking a split senate could be enough to persuade the popular former governor.