Republican businessman Larry Hogan scored a stunning upset in heavily Democratic Maryland on Tuesday, winning the governor’s race against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) by promising to roll back tax increases and chart a new direction for the state.
Hogan’s narrow victory means Annapolis will return to divided government for the first time since 2006. It remains to be seen how much Hogan will be able to accomplish with a Democratic-controlled legislature, but his victory sent a message that Marylanders had grown weary of the policies of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) after eight years.