," have excited Maryland's grassroots left like no candidate in recent memory. And on the heels of recent progressive victories in the state, including marriage equality, banning the death penalty, and decriminalizing weed, the Democratic base could be motivated to turn out in force for a genuine progressive candidate. And while Brown has the endorsement of Governor Martin O'Malley, who spearheaded many of those victories, his campaign hasn't seemed to generate much genuine buzz. As so often happens in Maryland's Democratic machine, he just seems like the establishment candidate whose turn has come up. Undoubtedly, some Democratic voters were on the fence about supporting Mizeur, thinking she didn't have a chance, but maybe Brat's victory will give them a reason to believe she could pull it off.