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Norman R. Stone, Jr.

Red Maryland?

Red Maryland?

Republican Larry Hogan said during his campaign for governor that he had no grand visions of turning Maryland red — that is, switching its partisan orientation from Democrats to the GOP. But his upset victory was surprisingly strong — he beat Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown by a wider margin than even his staunchest supporters might have hoped for. And it was accompanied by victories by the Republicans in numerous legislative races and the highly competitive Howard County executive race. One of Maryland's Democratic congressional incumbents is hanging on in a race that will come down to absentee ballots. Yet it is too early to declare a red dawn in this blue state. Democratic...