Maryland hasn’t gone purple. Yet.
But we have a Republican Governor for just the third time in 48 years. (Spiro Agnew was elected in 1966 and served until 1969, when he went to White House as Richard Nixon’s vice president. Bob Ehrlich was elected in 2002, but was defeated for re-election four years later by Martin O’Malley.)
Republican Larry Hogan beat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in a race that Real Clear Politics called a tossup and Five Thirty Eight determined he had a 6% chance of winning by surprising 9% margin. (A late poll commissioned by Hogan – and ignored by Five Thirty Eight – had him up by 5.)
Though I’m very happy with his victory, Hogan will be greatly limited as both houses of Maryland’s legislature have veto proof majorities.
The past eight years Martin O’Malley has used Maryland as the launching pad for his presidential aspirations, with tax increases and leftist legislation.
Consequently Maryland has developed a reputation as having a bad business climate due to taxes and regulations. Brown claimed that he’d be better for business but nothing in his record suggested this would be true. Brown’s major initiative was universal pre-K for four-year olds.
It’s hard to see how that addresses economic uncertainty. Hogan argued that we needed change from the ever increasing taxes. In an election where the economy and jobs were the primary concern of voters, Brown did little to address that anxiety and Hogan did.
It didn’t help that Brown failed at the highest profile job he was given as Lieutenant Governor. Despite his failure, he had the support of nearly the entire Democratic establishment of Maryland. This support showed the absolute arrogance of the state’s Democratic party. Did they really think that people wouldn’t notice? (On television one Democratic politician lamented that Brown didn’t do a good job of defining himself. That’s ridiculous. His performance as Lieutenant Governor defined him.)
Regardless of what Hogan accomplishes over the next four (or, hopefully, eight) years, his victory shows that the Democrats in Maryland are only concerned about power, not about governing effectively. (Another sign of that arrogance. Brown’s concession speech was delayed. Apparently concession speeches are only given after the candidate has called the victor to wish him congratulations. Brown gave his phone number to Hogan but didn’t bother to get Hogan’s at the time. He had to get it tonight before his speech. Brown didn’t expect to lose.)
About 5 minutes in to his victory speech (see below) Hogan introduces his father and recalls that earlier his father had given up his congressional seat to run for governor and that forty years later Larry Hogan finally is governor of Maryland.
Unfortunately Dan Bongino has lost his lead and while the race has not been called as of this writing, he trails by nearly 2000 votes.
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