Dem voters propel Md. Gov. Hogan over Dem challenger

WASHINGTON — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan won a decisive re-election Tuesday, beating back a progressive challenger and becoming the first Republican governor to win a second term in the state in more than 60 years.

Though registered Democrats far outnumber Republicans in the state, Hogan had positioned himself as a moderate problem-solver, distancing himself from President Donald Trump and focusing on bread-and-butter issues, such as transportation.

Leading into election night, Hogan had maintained a sizable lead over Democratic candidate Ben Jealous, the former national president of the NAACP.

Hogan is the state’s first two-term Republican governor since Maryland voters gave Theodore McKeldin a second term in 1954.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers remarks at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers remarks at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull, his running mate, prepare to address supporters in Baltimore.  (WTOP/Ben Jealous)
Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull, his running mate, prepare to address supporters in Baltimore. (WTOP/Kate Ryan) (WTOP/Ben Jealous)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, celebrates with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, celebrates with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Ben Jealous looks out at crowd of supporters before delivering his concession speech. He concedes to Governor Larry Hogan, but urges supporters to continue to build a progressive movement. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, celebrates as he speaks at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, celebrates as he speaks at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks to supporters at an election night party in Baltimore, Md., after conceding to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks to supporters at an election night party in Baltimore, Md., after conceding to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan poses for a photograph after an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE — In this Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan poses for a photograph after an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous get in his car as he leaves after he stops by at John F. Kennedy High School polling place during the U.S. midterm election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous get in his car as he leaves after he stops by at John F. Kennedy High School polling place during the U.S. midterm election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP/Jose Luis Magana)
The room begins to fill at Gov. Larry Hogan's reelection watch party at the Westin Annapolis. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
The room begins to fill at Gov. Larry Hogan’s reelection watch party at the Westin Annapolis. (WTOP/Michelle Basch) (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous leaves a polling place after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous leaves a polling place after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in his office at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in his office at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous votes Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at a polling place at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous votes Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at a polling place at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with reporters after participating in a debate with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, at Maryland Public Television's studios in Owings Mills, Md. Hogan, who signed the new gun-control laws taking effect Monday, Oct. 1 in Maryland, said he has long been a strong supporter of tougher laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and people with a criminal background. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky,File)
FILE — In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with reporters after participating in a debate with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, at Maryland Public Television’s studios in Owings Mills, Md. Hogan, who signed the new gun-control laws taking effect Monday, Oct. 1 in Maryland, said he has long been a strong supporter of tougher laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and people with a criminal background. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, as he greets voters at a bus stop in Baltimore. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, as he greets voters at a bus stop in Baltimore. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, left, and Republican candidate, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, shake hands before participating in a debate Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Maryland Public Television's studios in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, left, and Republican candidate, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, shake hands before participating in a debate Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Maryland Public Television’s studios in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan greets supporters outside a polling place after voting early, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan greets supporters outside a polling place after voting early, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, center right, fist-bumps volunteer Evie Frankl during a visit to a Montgomery County coordinated campaign office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, center right, fist-bumps volunteer Evie Frankl during a visit to a Montgomery County coordinated campaign office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with the news media outside a polling place after voting early, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with the news media outside a polling place after voting early, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with the news media, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after voting at a polling place at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with the news media, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after voting at a polling place at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delivers remarks at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull, his running mate, prepare to address supporters in Baltimore.  (WTOP/Ben Jealous)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, celebrates with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, celebrates as he speaks at an election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan earned a second term after defeating Democratic opponent Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks to supporters at an election night party in Baltimore, Md., after conceding to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan poses for a photograph after an interview with The Associated Press in his office at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous get in his car as he leaves after he stops by at John F. Kennedy High School polling place during the U.S. midterm election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The room begins to fill at Gov. Larry Hogan's reelection watch party at the Westin Annapolis. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous leaves a polling place after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in his office at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous votes Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at a polling place at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with reporters after participating in a debate with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, at Maryland Public Television's studios in Owings Mills, Md. Hogan, who signed the new gun-control laws taking effect Monday, Oct. 1 in Maryland, said he has long been a strong supporter of tougher laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and people with a criminal background. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky,File)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, as he greets voters at a bus stop in Baltimore. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, left, and Republican candidate, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, shake hands before participating in a debate Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Maryland Public Television's studios in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan greets supporters outside a polling place after voting early, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, center right, fist-bumps volunteer Evie Frankl during a visit to a Montgomery County coordinated campaign office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks with the news media outside a polling place after voting early, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with the news media, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after voting at a polling place at Lake Shore Elementary School in Pasadena, Md. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

In a victory speech to supporters gathered at the Westin in Annapolis, Hogan referenced his win in relation to the “blue wave” of Democratic enthusiasm this year motivated by opposition to Trump.

“In this deep blue state, in this blue year, with a blue wave — it turns out I can surf and we had a purple surfboard!” he said to cheers from supporters.

Hogan thanked Jealous “for running a spirited campaign and for giving Marylanders a real choice.”

He added, “While we disagreed on the issues, he has my respect and I sincerely wish him well in his future pursuits.”

'Turns out I can surf:' Gov. Larry Hogan on his historic win despite blue wave

Jealous, the former national president of the NAACP, had staked out a broadly progressive agenda popular with Democrats — universal health care and free college tuition — even as he has struggled to gain traction in the polls.

On election night, Hogan racked up double-digit victories in Maryland’s far western counties, in Southern Maryland and along the Eastern Shore.

Jealous notched hefty vote totals in Prince George’s County — where he received 70 percent of the vote — and in Baltimore City. Jealous also carried Montgomery County, but even in that Democratic stronghold, Hogan managed nearly 45 percent of the vote.

The AP and other national news networks called the race for Hogan shortly after 9 p.m. — even as voters in Prince George’s County remained waiting in long lines to cast ballots.

Jealous tweeted to his supporters to “Stay in line. Keep voting.” At his concession speech to supporters gathered at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jealous said he thought it was wrong for news networks to call the race while people were still waiting to vote.

'I look forward to getting that done:' Democrat Ben Jealous on working with Gov. Larry Hogan

Jealous had aimed for high turnout to provide him with a path to victory over the popular Republican governor, but that strategy failed to materialize.

Turnout, overall, was up 20 percent compared to 2014, according to Todd Eberly, an associate professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. But Jealous received just 8 percent more votes than the Democratic candidate for governor did four years ago. Hogan, on the other hand, increased his vote total by 35 percent, according to Eberly.

Still, Jealous urged his supporters to keep working for progressive priorities.

He told supporters that they began Election Day as builders of a movement, “and we leave together movement-builders. And let’s go build the movement that makes the future of Maryland come faster!”

WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report from Annapolis and Kate Ryan contributed to this report from Baltimore. 


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