Maryland has never had a black governor, but that all could change if Anthony Brown wins the election.
Brown, who serves at Lt. Gov., won the gubernatorial Democratic primary.
When the race was called by The Associated Press, Brown was winning handily over Attorney General Doug Gansler, 58 percent to 21 percent, with State Del. Heather Mizeur coming in third with 19 percent of the vote.
The race between Brown and Gansler has been nasty for the past year. Gansler came under criticism last summer when an audiotape emerged of him belittling Brown’s candidacy by implying the only thing he had to offer was his race.
“I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African-American governor of Maryland,’” Gansler told a group of campaign volunteers last July, according to a story in The Washington Post. “That’s a laudable goal, but you need a second sentence: ‘Because here’s what I’ve done, and here’s why I’ve done it.’”
Gansler also belittled Brown’s time served in Iraq as a military lawyer. “You know, I’m running against somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything,” Gansler said at a forum in Bethesda. “You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good, but this is a real job.”
Best of luck Mr. Brown!
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