Mr. Larry Hogan (pictured above) celebrating his win to become the next Governor for Maryland. As a Republican he promised to fight corruption and change Maryland for the better.
Republican Larry Hogan’s campaign to “Change Maryland” scored a stunning upset Tuesday as he defeated Democrat Anthony G. Brown in the race for governor.
Hogan, 58, ran on a promise to curb state spending and cut taxes. He will become Maryland’s second Republican governor in half a century, and will face a Democratic-controlled legislature that may not be willing to help him.
Brown conceded defeat shortly after midnight.
Hogan spokesman Adam Dubitsky acknowledged Maryland remains a Democratic stronghold but said voters wanted change.
“It’s not a realignment. It’s not turning a blue state red,” Dubitsky said. “It’s people who are tired of the last eight years.”
Hogan, an Annapolis businessman, ran a comparatively shoe-string campaign against Brown, who spent more than four times Hogan in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.
Brown, a retired Army colonel and Harvard-educated attorney, campaigned as the candidate to continue Gov. Martin O’Malley’s policies on education and the environment. It was a platform that some Democrats said invigorated them, and others said made them vote for a different direction.
Democrats held two other statewide offices, with Comptroller Peter Franchot winning a third term and state Sen. Brian Frosh of Montgomery County succeeding Douglas F. Gansler as attorney general.
Brown piled up strong majorities in Baltimore city and the Washington suburbs but could not overcome a dismal showing in rural Maryland and suburban Baltimore. The lieutenant governor narrowly won the early voting, but Hogan swamped him with an Election Day surge.
The governor’s race offered voters a sharp contrast between Hogan’s laser focus on economic issues and Brown’s broad pledge to create “a better Maryland for all Marylanders.”
As Hogan relentlessly hammered on the need to cut taxes, Brown eventually pledged not to raise them.
Critics said Brown failed to offer a clear vision to voters, instead working to portray Hogan as a “dangerous” Republican who would seek to overturn Maryland’s abortion rights and gun control laws.
Hogan repeatedly denied that. The Republican portrayed Maryland as a state in economic crisis, with businesses and individuals moving elsewhere because of high taxes and burdensome regulations. He promised to roll back what he called O’Malley’s “40 consecutive tax increases,” but offered no specifics on how he would pay for that.
Brown, meanwhile, told voters he’d work to close the gap between Maryland’s most and least prosperous. As the signature issue of his campaign, Brown said he would gradually offer free pre-kindergarten to all Maryland 4-year-olds. Skeptics questioned whether he had a realistic plan to pay for it. Read more >>> NBC4 News.
“Larry Hogan calls his bus the “Change Maryland Express.”