COLLEGE PARK – Anthony G. Brown won the Maryland Democratic Party’s nomination for governor in a primary election which ended up not even being very close.
Brown won with more than 51 percent of the vote, including more than 76 percent of the vote in Prince George’s County. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler got 24 percent while Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-20) got just less than 22 percent.
“Maryland is a great state and we’ve made a lot of progress together,” Brown said during his election night speech at the University of Maryland, College Park. “This campaign isn’t about where we’ve been, but about what’s next, the future; about building a better Maryland for more Marylanders.”
Larry Hogan won with more than 42 percent of the Republican vote and will face Brown in the general election in the fall. He beat Del. Ron George (R-30), Charles County businessman Charles Lollar and Harford County Executive David R. Craig, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
If Brown wins the general election he would become Maryland’s first African American governor and the third African American governor elected in the U.S.
“I’m completely pleased with Marylanders,” U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. “They want somebody who can pick up where O’Malley left off. And who better than someone who’s worked with O’ Malley?” Brown served as lieutenant governor alongside O’Malley for eight years.
Cummings said it would be a positive thing if Brown were elected as the state’s first African American governor.
“This night will go down in history,” Cummings said.
Gansler said he looked forward to improving Maryland with Brown, and he also thanked Mizeur for her progressive platform during his concession speech.
Brown has the temperament, integrity, and leadership to move Maryland forward, said U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md).
Brown said he will work to improve education and the state’s economy.
“It’s about what we do together to make Maryland the most competitive state, educated state, best schools, an economy that creates good, quality middle class jobs,” Brown said. “We’re also a state that needs to do what most Maryland families do, families that work hard for a decent quality of life. They do that by living within their means.”