Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan, second from the right, sits amid his GOP rivals priort to a debate. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan picked up the backing Thursday of the three rivals he defeated in the GOP primary this week.

At a Republican “unity rally” in Severna Park, Hogan,an Anne Arundel County businessman, won the support of Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ronald A. George (Anne Arundel) and Charles County businessman Charles Lollar.

“We know that with a large Republican turnout and support from the many disaffected Democrats and independents in this state, that we have a path to victory in this election,” Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said in his remarks, in which he also praised each of his primary competitors.

Hogan faces Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) in the November general election. Hogan wasted little time Wednesday seeking to define the race, releasing a Web video in which he mocked Brown as “the most incompetent man in Maryland.”

In Tuesday’s primary, Hogan won 43 percent of the vote, followed by Craig, with 29 percent; Lollar with 16 percent; and George with12 percent.