‘If they’re looking for someone just to be a spoiler or to throw myself on a grenade to help someone else, that’s not me…’

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(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been mulling a primary campaign against President Donald Trump, but although he’s popular within his state, President Trump easily tops the centrist Republican on a national scale.

In a hypothetical primary match-up in the state, a poll found that Hogan would get roughly 24 percent of the Republican vote in his state if he decides to challenge the president.

Trump would take 68 percent of the Republican vote in Maryland, with 8 percent of voters undecided, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Hogan is popular among voters: He’s a Republican who won re-election by double digits in a blue state, and his approval ratings are in the high 70 percent range, according to the poll. But Maryland Republicans see no reason to vote out Trump.

“Republican primary voters in Maryland, and probably across the country, they like Donald Trump and they see no reason to replace him,” pollster Patrick Gonzales told the Sun.

“Republican voters in Maryland also really like Larry Hogan, but it’s just not a compelling case for a primary challenge.”

Hogan’s re-election victory led many Trump critics in the GOP to push him toward a primary campaign—a move Hogan hasn’t acted on.

Hogan had hinted he would “strongly consider” a presidential bid, but he said last month that he wouldn’t run without a “path to victory.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld announced his GOP primary campaign a few months ago, and said he is encouraging other NeverTrump Republicans, like Hogan and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, to run as well.

However, Hogan said herefused to be part of a GOP “kamikaze mission.

“My goal is not to just make the incumbent president lose in the general election. I’m not going to do that,” Hogan said, according to the Associated Press.

“If they’re looking for someone just to be a spoiler or to throw myself on a grenade to help someone else, that’s not me,” he said. “Somebody else might be motivated that way. But I’ve got a state to run.”