Democrat Wes Moore has been declared the winner in the race for the Governor’s mansion.
Moore, 44, an author and former non-profit businessman, becomes the first Black man or woman to be elected governor of Maryland. His opponent, Republican Dan Cox, had the endorsement of ex-President Donald Trump.
Moore’s campaign message reads: “…no matter where you start in life, you deserve an equal opportunity to succeed.”
Within seconds of the official closing of the polls at 8 p.m. in the state, the Associated Press called the race. Other media outlets from the Washington Post to NPR quickly followed their lead.
Democrat Wes Moore has won the Maryland governor’s race, becoming the state’s first Black chief executive. Moore, a bestselling author, defeated Republican Dan Cox, who was backed by Donald Trump. Moore will succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Larry Hogan. https://t.co/bj23BOZc3p pic.twitter.com/0b0iEcArvh
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 9, 2022
Moore spoke Tuesday night about his victory.
As of 9:21 p.m., with 251 of 2074 election day precincts reporting, Moore had 400,600 votes (64.01%) to Cox’s 206,690 votes (33.03%). This includes early, mail-in and Election Day ballots.
Incumbent governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, congratulated Moore Tuesday night.
A short while ago, I spoke to Wes Moore and congratulated him on being elected as Maryland’s next governor. There is no higher calling than public service, and no greater honor than to serve the people of this great state.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) November 9, 2022