November 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Hogan re-elected Md. governor

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Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 6, 2018, defeated former NAACP President Ben Jealous in the state’s gubernatorial election. (Photo by Maryland GovPics; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

BALTIMORE — Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday defeated former NAACP President Ben Jealous in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Hogan defeated Jealous by a 56-43 percent margin.

Hogan told his supporters in Annapolis that he became only the second Republican elected governor of Maryland when he defeated then-Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown in 2014. Hogan on Tuesday became only the second Republican Maryland governor ever re-elected in the state’s history.

“Tonight in this deep blue state, in this blue year with the blue waves it turns out we can surf and we had a purple surfboard,” said Hogan.

Jealous and his running mate, former Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Susan Turnbull, spoke to their supporters at the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore.

“It has been a great honor to be your Democratic nominee for governor,” said Jealous. “At this moment in history, with everything that is going on in the White House and in Congress, I am grateful that this campaign could lend a voice to anyone marginalized by those in power.”

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous speaks to supporters at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on Nov. 6, 2018, after he lost to Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in the state’s gubernatorial campaign. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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