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Election marks a win for Democrats, and for Larry Hogan

This recent election marks one of the most polarizing elections in history, with politicians returning to office, politicians replacing others, and a giant change in political power all around.

Republican Larry Hogan defeated his Democratic opponent Ben Jealous here in Maryland, making him the second Republican in our state’s history to be re-elected into governorship. This comes as a shock, considering that there are almost twice as many Democrats as Republicans here in Maryland.

During his election speech in Annapolis, Hogan said “Tonight, in a deep-blue state in this blue year, with a blue wave, it turns out I can surf”, signifying his own shock in the fact that he won in a predominately Democratic state.

Hogan’s historic win did not account for all Republicans in the state. As a matter of fact, Democrats took quite a few county executive seats, with Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. winning in Baltimore County, Democrat Calvin Ball winning in Howard County, and Democrat Steuart Pittman winning in Anne Arundel County.

Olszewski praised his supporters during his speech, saying “At first political insiders didn’t give us much of a chance, but I believed in Baltimore County, and I believed in each of you, and in turn, you believed in me.”

In one of the state’s most expensive races in history, with more than $15 million invested, Democrat David Trone won Maryland’s open U.S. House seat. Meanwhile, Democrat Brian Frosh secured an easy victory and held onto his spot as Attorney General.

During Trone’s election speech, he supported both Democrats and Republicans, saying “Now is the time we’ve got to pull together as Democrats and Republicans together. If we don’t pull together, we won’t be able to move the country forward.”

Out of all these election results, the most shocking has to be Larry Hogan’s re-election. His re-election shows that although he falls under the other side of the political spectrum for most Marylanders, his appeal as a human wanting to care for his state outweighs any political difference set against him. During his past run as Governor, he created over 100,000 jobs for Maryland and invested a record $25 billion towards K-12 education. The progress he’s made into improving Maryland allowed him to achieve a historic win.

“They said it was impossible. They said it couldn’t be done in Maryland but thanks to you we just went out and did it.” Talking about his opponent Ben Jealous, Hogan showed sportsmanship by saying “While we disagree on the issues he has my respect and I sincerely wish him well in his future pursuits.”