Another factor that led to Brown's defeat—other than too many lazy Democrats who don't vote unless it's a presidential election year—is racism. Let's be honest, it didn't help his campaign that Anthony Brown is African-American. One should vote for a candidate strictly based on their beliefs, integrity, and competence, not what they look like. Anthony Brown's beliefs are in sync with Maryland and he certainly has integrity, but based on his poor election campaign, his competence is certainly called into question! He let the Democrats and other progressives down and now we have a very conservative, NRA-"A"-rated Republican governor—and total gridlock—for the next four years unless the Dems are prepared to cave. The Republicans throughout the entire United States have made it crystal clear they have no interest in compromise or governing like grown-ups.