Results for local, state and federal races, including governor and First Congressional District and how voting went on Election Day.
Tuesday night in Maryland was historic: Gov. Larry Hogan, the popular incumbent, won a decisive victory against his Democratic challenger to become the state’s first two-term Republican governor in more than half a century.
The Associated Press called the race at 9:07 p.m. with Hogan leading Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president. By Wednesday morning, with nearly all of the state’s election day precincts reporting, Hogan was in the lead with 56.2 percent of votes, compared to Jealous, who had 42.7 percent of statewide votes.
The state board of elections released results around 10 p.m. election night, two hours after polls closed. Reports indicated that voters were in line late in Prince George’s County due to a lack of paper ballots in some polling stations.
Results for the third-party candidates, Ian Schlakman of the Green Party and Libertarian Shawn Quinn of Lusby, were negligible at less than 1 percent each statewide.
Hogan won 77 percent of the vote in St. Mary’s compared to Jealous, who had about 22 percent. In Calvert, Hogan collected 76 percent of votes.
In Charles, Hogan and Jealous each received approximately 49.6 percent of the vote, with unofficial results showing Hogan in a slight lead in the county with just 20 more votes out of the more than 60,000 cast.
Not since the Eisenhower administration have Maryland voters re-elected a Republican governor — when Theodore McKeldin won a second term in 1954. Hogan did what Spiro Agnew never attempted and Robert Ehrlich failed to do. Agnew never made a re-election bid, instead he was elected vice president when Richard Nixon won the White House in 1968. Agnew eventually resigned after pleading no contest to charges of tax evasion. In 2006, incumbent governor Ehrlich lost decisively to Martin O’Malley despite a high approval rating.
Hogan stepped on stage at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis just after 10 p.m. before a boisterous crowd to declare victory.
“They said it was impossible. They said it couldn’t be done in Maryland but thanks to you we just went out and did it,” Hogan said. “Tonight in this deep blue state, in this blue year, with a blue wave, it turns out I can surf.”
The race never appeared close, with polls showing the governor leading Jealous by double digits from the Democratic primary in June until October when a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll had him winning by 20 points.
Jealous and his running mate, Susie Turnbull, conceded just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.
“We looked at the numbers,” Jealous said to his supporters gathered at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore. “Calling right now is the right thing to do.”
In his victory speech, Hogan thanked Jealous for running a “spirited” campaign and “giving Maryland a real choice.”
“While we disagree on the issues he has my respect and I sincerely wish him well in his future pursuits,” he said.
Hogan’s approval rating topped 70 percent in August — in a state in which voters from his party are outnumbered by Democrats by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
The governor’s victory was helped by a cashrich re-election campaign that spent millions on ads touting Hogan’s first-term achievements, including surpassing funding quotas for the state’s education system, fighting the opioid epidemic, enacting business-friendly policies, putting the brakes on tax increases handed down by Democrat Martin O’Malley’s administration and lowering tolls and fees.
Gov. Larry Hogan, right, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, the first Republicans to be re-elected since 1954, held a celebratory press conference in the Governor’s Reception Room of the Maryland State House on Wednesday in Annapolis.