Elec­tion cov­er­age

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By BROOKS DUBOSE

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.

PHOTO BY BROOKS DUBOSE/CAP­I­TAL NEWS SER­VICE

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.

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