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Governor-Elect Hogan Promises Change for Maryland

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Hogan speaks to crowd in victory speech Tuesday night in Annapolis. (WBOC Photo) Hogan speaks to crowd in victory speech Tuesday night in Annapolis. (WBOC Photo)

ANNAPOLIS, Md.- We all knew there would be a new governor-elect in Maryland Wednesday, but no one could have predicted what an upset it would turn out to be. Larry Hogan referred to it in his victory speech Tuesday night as "the biggest upset in the country." The newly-elected Republican governor is wasting no time looking to Maryland's future.

"They said it couldn't be done here in Maryland,” Hogan said amid cheers from the crowd at his victory party Tuesday night, “But together, we did it!"

Hogan ended up beating Lt. Governor Anthony Brown by six percentage points, and he did it spending half of what Brown did on the campaign trail.

“I've been a Democrat for 20 years, but I voted for Hogan and, in fact, for the first time in my life, I voted right down the Republican line because we need change in Maryland,” explained Andrew Livermore.

“Maryland does need a change right now, especially with regard to taxes and regulations,” added Steve Krukar.

It is change that Hogan promises to deliver.

“We're going to cut spending, and we're going to try to roll back as many of the 40 consecutive tax hikes as we possibly can,” he said Wednesday, in his first press conference since winning the election.

The governor-elect also emphasized bipartisanship.

“It doesn't matter to me whether you're Republican or Democrat, whether you voted for us or not,” he said. “We're all going to work together. We'll roll up our sleeves and work in a bipartisan fashion, reaching across the aisle and trying to come up with bipartisan, common sense solutions.”

Hogan will officially be sworn into office in January. He becomes only the 7th Republican governor elected in Maryland since the end of the Civil War.

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