2022 Key Election Results: Wes Moore Will Become Maryland’s First Black Governor

Wes Moore stands behind a podium at his election night headquarters. Screenshot via @iamwesmoore on Instagram.

What’s happening?

Democrat Wes Moore will become Maryland’s first Black governor, following his victory over far-right Republican Dan Cox on Tuesday night, Reid Epstein reports for The New York Times. Despite an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, Cox failed to mobilize the state’s traditionally more moderate Republicans, including support from current Gov. Larry Hogan and many donors who supported Moore instead. 

What were the results of other key races in the state and in Baltimore?

Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, was re-elected as one of Maryland’s U.S. Senators, and in the districts representing parts of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Democrats John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume secured seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

In other key statewide races, Democrat Anthony Brown secured his seat as Maryland’s attorney general, along with Democrat Brook Lierman as state comptroller, according to the Baltimore Sun’s elections results dashboard. Marylanders also voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. 

Democrats Ivan Bates and Sam Cogen will serve as Baltimore City’s next state’s attorney and sheriff respectively. John “Johnny O” Olszewski, Jr was re-elected to his position as Baltimore County executive. 

Baltimore City voters also approved Question K, a ballot measure to limit elected city officials to two, four-year terms. 

Anything else I should know? 

Detailed statewide results from Tuesday night’s election, including additional ballot measures and candidates selected for the Maryland General Assembly, are available on the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Election results for Baltimore County are available here.

You can read more here. 

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