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Examining How Hogan Won the Governor Race

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MARYLAND,  - Governor Elect Larry Hogan said Wednesday morning despite being hopeful and confident throughout his campaign, winning the race for governor still came as a surprise.  WBOC spent the day digging through number to figure out just how Hogan was able to pull off the political upset.

Hogan said in his post-election day press conference, "Every single day, everywhere we went, people were coming up to me and Boyd repeatedly and saying, "We are life-long democrats, but we are voting for you."

In the state of Maryland, registered Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters by about two to one, which means plenty of Democrats voted Republican in this race.  Lt. Governor Anthony Brown was only able to win three counties across the state; Charles, Montgomery and Prince George's County, along with Baltimore City.

Everywhere else went Republican.  Something that did not come as a surprise to political sciences professor at Towson University, Tony Campbell.

"I predicted this about a week and a half ago and it's because of the disconnect that Anthony Brown had with his base," Campbell said.
Campbell added there were no strong local Baltimore candidates on the ballot that prompted Democrats to get out and vote.

"Between Baltimore City not having any stake in the race.  There was no state-wide candidate running from Baltimore City, there was nobody at the top of the Baltimore City ticket running for local election, I think that depressed the numbers in Baltimore City," said Campbell.

Suburban and rural counties in Maryland all went Republican, including every county on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Hogan got about 80% of the vote in Queen Anne's County, 70% in Dorchester, about 64% in Wicomico, and 69% of the vote in Worcester County. 

The numbers show plenty of Hogan support, but it wasn't expected by Maryland's new governor.

"Quite frankly, we set vote goals that were nearly impossible to obtain in every county in the state, and we blew past every one of them," Hogan said.

The numbers don't lie.  Plenty of Democrats voted Republican to spark a change in Maryland.
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