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It will be a setback for Republicans if they do not take Larry Hogan into account.

Larry Hogan leaves office this month after two terms as Maryland governor. His sunny demeanor, avoidance of culture wars and rejection of Donald Trump won him popularity. But by forging his brand as one of the GOP’s highest-profile never-Trumpers, Hogan might have permanently shredded his own presidential ambitions. Some of his decisions were right but tainted in their execution, such as approving Purple Line light-rail.