Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at his election party in College Park, Md.
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor after soundly defeating the field in a low-turnout election.
At times, it was a bruising primary, filled with negative ads and sharp-elbowed debates, and the early primary date didn't help either as voter turnout was low across the board. But all that matters is the final result—and it was a clear, resounding victory for Anthony Brown.
Brown, who has served as lieutenant governor under Martin O'Malley for eight years, told supporters during his victory speech that he was proud of the administration's progressive accomplishments, but he says there is much more to do:
"Maryland needs a governor who will lead our state. Who, with you, will write the next chapter of our future. A future focused on the families that get up every day go to work, send their kids to school, keep a watchful eye on the household budgets and try to make their best financial decisions for their family. That governor must wake up every day asking, 'How can we make Maryland better for more Marylanders?'"
Brown could become Maryland's first black governor—and only the third in US history—if he's successful in November's general election, when he'll face Republican Larry Hogan.
Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings says, "I think just the idea that Marylanders were so progressive that they were able to look beyond color and see the art and the talents of a man is very significant. And I'm so very, very proud of my state tonight. I really am."
Supporters of Brown, like victory party attendee Stephanie Williams, say it was the lieutenant governor's policies and background that won them over. "He's a military man and I'm a a military—I served in the Navy, though he's army, I still like him anyway—and in the military, integrity is a big thing. So when he says he's going to do something, I believe his promises."
Brown says his next challenge is bringing the party together for the general election after a tough-fought primary.