Blue-State Republican

How Larry Hogan Won Where Republicans Lose and Lessons for a Future GOP

Mileah K. Kromer
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PB: $27.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-2189-0
Publication: Nov 22

HC: $74.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-2188-3
Publication: Nov 22

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EAN: 978-1-4399-2190-6
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210 pages
5.5 x 8.25
13 tables

What the story of Maryland's two-term Republican governor can teach us about winning elections


Larry Hogan is one of the most popular political figures in the United States today. The two-term Republican governor of Maryland first won his seat after upsetting a favorite of the Democratic political establishment, and then overcame the Trump-driven wave in the heartland of the #resistance to win a second term in 2018.

Blue-State Republican is the remarkable story of how his carefully messaged, pragmatic approach to governance helped build a coalition of moderate and conservative Democrats, independents, women, college-educated and Black voters and maintained his GOP base during a time of polarization and negative partisanship. Mileah Kromer takes readers inside Maryland politics to illustrate exactly how Hogan won where Republicans lose and consider whether the un-Trump Republican offers any lessons for how the GOP can win the center-right voters who continue to make up a majority of the country.

Kromer conducts interviews with key political leaders and insiders, including Hogan himself, to explain the mechanics of his political success. She also provides a cogent analysis of public opinion polls and focus groups, ultimately showing why the success of a blue-state Republican matters outside of his home state, especially as Hogan considers a 2024 Presidential run.

About the Author(s)

Mileah K. Kromer is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College. She is the founder of the Goucher College Poll, which measures the opinions of Maryland residents and voters on important policy, social, and economic issues.