With Maryland's long campaign for governor now over, the unexpected election of Republican businessman Larry Hogan has given rise to an intense new campaign now just beginning: The jockeying among advocates and interest groups for attention, jobs and influence in a rare GOP administration.
Larry Hogan won his race for governor not just because Marylanders of both parties turned out to support his call for lower taxes and smaller government, but because tens of thousands of Democrats in key jurisdictions stayed home.
Laurel voters had few contested local races in Tuesday's general election, but joined voters across the state in deciding the next governor. The 2014 midterms didn't draw the same volume of voters as a presidential election, but residents showed up to polling stations in a steady, but slow, stream throughout the day.
Election Day coverage from across Baltimore County. In Towson, at polling places Towson High and Stoneleigh Elementary, a steady stream of voters turned out to cast their ballots. Democrats Del. Steve Lafferty and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz were among candidates greeting voters.
Political professionals say most people know whom they choose between Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan – if they actually bother to go to the polls. It's getting the may-not-bother people to show up that's the key to victory for either campaign for governor, experts say.