Election 2022 in Maryland: Moore predicted winner of historic gubernatorial race amid Dem.  sweep;  voters accept legalized recreational pot - Reuters

Election 2022 in Maryland: Moore predicted winner of historic gubernatorial race amid Dem. sweep; voters accept legalized recreational pot – Reuters

Minutes after the polls closed, Democrat Wes Moore was projected as the winner of Maryland’s gubernatorial race, according to the Associated Press, beating Republican Dan Cox and becoming Maryland’s first black governor. ‘State.

Democrat Wes Moore was elected governor of Maryland on Tuesday, defeating Republican Dan Cox and becoming the state’s first black governor elected amid a statewide Democratic sweep of races.

The Associated Press called the race for Moore shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m.

Moore’s victory was followed by victories for Democrat Anthony Brown as attorney general – the first black person elected to that office in Maryland – and Democrat Brooke Lierman in the race for controller. Lierman is the first woman to be elected to this position.

Voters also approved a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the AP.

Governor’s Race: Moore beats Cox

Democrat Wes Moore takes on Republican Dan Cox in the race for governor of Maryland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci/Todd Dudek)

Moore is a bestselling author, former nonprofit CEO, and combat veteran who pledged during the campaign to create greater opportunity for Maryland residents, strengthen education, and spur economic growth.

Endorsed by Oprah Winfrey in the Democratic primary, Moore also rallied around President Joe Biden at Bowie State University on the eve of the election.

Moore, who has never held elected office, is the first elected black governor and only the third elected black governor in the United States.

Moore’s opponent, Cox, a constitutional attorney and first-time state delegate, has championed far-right conservative positions, against railing against “critical race theory” and “gender identity indoctrination” in schools and against COVID-19 lockdown measures.

Analysts said he did little during the campaign to tone down his image to appeal to Maryland’s deep blue electorate.

Race call within minutes of polls closing

AP called the race just minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m. and before the Maryland State Board of Elections reported the vote totals.

Moore’s running mate, former state deputy Aruna Miller, emigrated from India and is the first Asian American person elected statewide.

Cheers and dancing erupted at the Moore campaign’s election watch party in Baltimore, where Moore addressed his supporters later Tuesday.

In remarks on his election night in Baltimore, Moore thanked his supporters for believing that “our state could be bolder and our state could go faster.”

The governor-elect pledged to protect the right to abortion, provide pre-kindergarten to every child in need, and work with police and communities to ensure public safety, saying, “In our Maryland , you will feel safe in your own quarters – and safe in your own skin.”

“Our administration will fight to give every Marylander the chance to succeed,” Moore said near the end of his victory speech. “It’s our time.”

Cox’s election night scene

Dan Cox, Republican candidate for governor of Maryland, speaks during a campaign results reception, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Taking to the stage on his election night in Annapolis shortly before 11 p.m., Cox told his supporters “we’re at a point where it’s not going well,” but he didn’t concede the race.

He said it was still “very, very, very possible” that he could win, pointing to “incredible numbers” on the east coast of Maryland and in Garrett County in western Maryland and because most of the votes remaining to be counted were ballots cast on Election Day and those, he says, favor him.

“It’s just a very possible situation… But I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a tough race,” Cox told supporters.

Speech by Dan Cox on election night to supporters

The question remains open whether Cox will accept the results of an election.

During the debate alone, Cox refrained from saying he would definitely accept the election results, likening it to saying that surgery had taken place long before it had taken place.

Cox had touted his endorsement of former President Donald Trump, but popular incumbent Governor Larry Hogan, who won the polls twice, refused to endorse Cox and called him a “QAnon Whackjob” for Cox’s support. to the false 2020 election fraud allegations.

Hogan tweeted around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday that he had spoken to Moore and congratulated him on his win, promising a “smooth and orderly transition.”

Election 2022 Governor of Maryland
Democrat Wes Moore speaks by phone with Gov. Larry Hogan after Moore was declared the winner of the Maryland gubernatorial race in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)


Already, ahead of Election Day, more than 172,000 Marylanders have voted in early voting and more than 642,000 Maryland voters have applied for mail-in ballots. Of those, 400,000 ballots have already been returned, according to data from the Maryland State Board of Elections.

Eleven of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions — including most of those in the DC area — have already compiled at least some of the mail-in ballots and will release partial results Tuesday night.

The counting of mail-in ballots will continue from Thursday, and as long as they are postmarked on Tuesday, mail-in ballots will be accepted until November 18.

Attorney General

Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Michael Peroutka (courtesy Brown, Peroutka Campaigns)

In the race for attorney general, Democrat Anthony Brown, a three-term Rep. who served as Maryland’s lieutenant governor under Martin O’Malley, was the projected winner over Republican Michael Peroutka, according to the AP.

Before the race was called, Brown declared victory during a speech in Baltimore on Tuesday alongside Moore and the state’s other Democratic candidates.

“We spent 12 months meeting, zooming, talking with the people of Maryland about our values ​​and our goals – preserving our democracy, protecting and defending our rights, embracing our diversity and creating equitable opportunities for all residents. of Maryland,” Brown, who becomes the first black attorney general, told his supporters. ” And tonight. I accept the responsibility and the privilege of being your next Attorney General.

Peroutka, a former member of Anne Arundel County Council, had been criticized for his former ties to a right-wing organization called the Southern League and for hosting radio shows about the 9/11 plot.

Current state attorney general Brian Frosh, who is the state’s top law enforcement official, is retiring after two terms.

Controller

Republican candidate Barry Glassman and Democratic candidate Brooke Lierman. (Courtesy of Glassman, Lierman campaign websites)

In the race for controller, Democrat Brooke Lierman was the projected winner over Republican Barry Glassman.

Lierman, state delegate, represents a district of the city of Baltimore in the General Assembly. Glassman is the Harford County Executive for two terms.

Lierman declared victory Tuesday before the race was called.

“Thank you to the people who told me this was the first time they were so excited to get involved in a controller race,” Lierman said. “Thank you to the grandmothers, mothers, daughters, who said it was time for a woman to manage money in Maryland!”

The Comptroller of Maryland acts as the state’s tax collector and represents a voice on the powerful three-person Board of Public Works, which oversees state spending.

The two candidates had sparred in debates over the role of comptroller, with Lierman pledging to play a broader role that includes climate action, gun violence, workers’ rights and economic fairness. Glassman, a moderate Republican, said he viewed the role as a nonpartisan CFO.

The current State Comptroller, Peter Franchot, who held this position for 15 years, is leaving his post. He made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination earlier this year.

Marijuana legalization

Maryland voters also approved a constitutional amendment — Question 4 — to legalize possession of up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older, according to an AP projection.

Maryland is one of five states where recreational marijuana is on the ballot this year. DC and Virginia have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Although more technical in nature, voters approved the other four statewide ballot measures. Under Question 1, voters approved renaming Maryland’s highest court — known as the Court of Appeals — as the Supreme Court of Maryland, according to the Associated Press. The second highest court – the Court of Special Appeals – would also be renamed the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Officials said the measure would reduce confusion and bring Maryland into line with how other state supreme courts are appointed. Maryland is one of only two states (along with New York) that does not call its highest court the Supreme Court.

Voters approved Question 4, which adds stricter residency requirements for Maryland state senators and delegates, requiring them to take up residence in the district they represent and make it their primary place of residence .

The Associated Press predicted that voters approved Question 3, allowing Maryland lawmakers to limit jury trials in civil cases to less than $25,000.

Finally, voters are expected to approve Question 5, which discusses changes to Howard County Orphans’ Court, Maryland’s version of probate courts.

Kate Ryan and Sarah Jacobs of OMCP and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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