COLLEGE PARK â€“ Anthony G. Brown won the Maryland Democratic Partyâ€™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 Georgeâ€™s County. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler got 24 percent while Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-20) got just less than 22 percent.
â€śMaryland is a great state and weâ€™ve made a lot of progress together,â€ť Brown said during his election night speech at the University of Maryland, College Park. â€śThis campaign isnâ€™t about where weâ€™ve been, but about whatâ€™s next, the future; about building a better Maryland for more Marylanders.â€ť
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 Marylandâ€™s first African American governor and the third African American governor elected in the U.S.
â€śIâ€™m completely pleased with Marylanders,â€ť U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. â€śThey want somebody who can pick up where Oâ€™Malley left off. And who better than someone whoâ€™s worked with Oâ€™ Malley?â€ť Brown served as lieutenant governor alongside Oâ€™Malley for eight years.
Cummings said it would be a positive thing if Brown were elected as the stateâ€™s first African American governor.
â€śThis night will go down in history,â€ť 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 stateâ€™s economy.
â€śItâ€™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,â€ť Brown said. â€śWeâ€™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.â€ť