Magazine April 16, 2018, Issue

Hogan’s Heroics

(Roman Genn)
Maryland’s Republican governor has kept the Left from scoring

No contest demonstrated the scope of the GOP wave in 2014 quite like the Maryland governor’s race. Maryland’s Republicans hadn’t won a statewide race since 2002, and no other state had a higher percentage of registered Democrats in its electorate. The Democratic gubernatorial nominee, charismatic African-American lieutenant governor Anthony Brown, was seen as a Barack Obama in training. When rallying his supporters before the Democratic primary, Brown declared, “We take that hill, and then we’ve got a little bit of a molehill to take in November.”

That molehill was Republican nominee Larry Hogan, who looked more like a midwestern tractor salesman

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