Without a doubt, the 2014 Maryland gubernatorial election will go down as historic. It will also go down as a textbook demonstration of how to lose a fight when everything is in your favor. To say the race was Lt. Governor Anthony Brown’s to lose is a vast understatement. Justin Schall will have a hard time finding another job as campaign manager after this year unless he has connections.
In a state where Democrats have an overwhelming edge, now-Governor-elect Larry Hogan earned a voter mandate with a five point margin as of Wednesday evening. It was a far gone conclusion that Brown would win Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties along with Baltimore City. He needed to fight for the counties which were unkind to him. Poor campaigning by Brown caused his defeat.