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Doug Gansler drops out of Maryland Democratic governor’s race as vote counts continue

Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler on Thursday became the latest candidate to concede in the Democratic governor’s race.

In a message to supporters posted on social media, Gansler said the results of the race “were personally very disappointing.”

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“For me, the outcome brings to a close 46 years in politics and elected office, though not my lifelong desire to serve others,” he said.

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“The truth is that we are in uncharted times politically and voters simply chose a different type of candidate,” Gansler said in the post. “For the sake of Maryland, we must band together to support him and reject the divisive politics and policies of the far right.”

Before mail-in votes started to be counted Thursday, Democrat Wes Moore had a more than 35,000-vote lead over Tom Perez, who was in second place.

Del. Dan Cox won the Republican nomination for governor.

Gansler said he plans to continue practicing law at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he leads the firm’s State Attorney General practice.


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