MARYLAND
     Nov. 6, 2018 Governor

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+Larry Hogan/Boyd K. Rutherford (R) 
1,275,644
55.35%
Ben Jealous/Susie Turnbull (D)
1,002,693
43.51%
Shawn Quinn/Christina Smith (L)
13,241
0.6%
ian Schlakman/Annie Chambers (G)
11,175
0.5%
w/ins
1,813
0.1%
 
2,304,512
 
Early Voting: 659,669  (28.6%)
Election Day: 1,482,029  (64.3%)
Absentee/Provisional: 162,841 
(7.1%)
 
Plurality 272,051 votes (11.84 percentage points)





Notes:  Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was the second most popular governor in America in 2018. He enjoyed a huge fundraising advantage, while the campaign of his opponent Ben Jealous (D) did not seem to gel.  A second term for Hogan never seemed in doubt. 

Hogan did not face a primary challenge while Jealous, a partner at Kapor Capital who served as president and CEO of the NAACP (2008-13), emerged from a crowded field in the June 26 primary, garnering 39.6% to 29.3% for PG County Executive Rushern Baker, 8.3% for Jim Shea, 8.2% for Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, 5.8% for Rich Madaleno, 3.2% for Valerie Ervin and 2.4% for Alec Ross.  The race was upended by the death of one of the leading candidates, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, on May 10.

Hogan and Jealous squared off in only one debate, on Sept. 24 from Maryland Public Television (+). 

Republican candidates up and down the ballot tried to tie into Hogan's popularity without success.


According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the Hogan campaign received contributions of $19.6 million to $5.4 million for the Jealous campaign.

See:
Ron Cassle.  "Likable Larry."  Baltimore Magazine, Oct. 2018.


Campaign Managers:
Larry Hogan:  Jim Barnett
(Sept. 2017...started in June as general consultant)  COO at Definers Public Affairs.  Vice president of political affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Legal Reform, 2013-15. Campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid in Massachusetts.  Campaign manager on former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons' 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.  New England regional campaign manager on McCain-Palin 2008; state director on McCain's NH primary campaign from May 2007, and earlier served as the campaign's New England regional director.  Chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, elected May 2003, served through late Nov. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Jim Douglas' successful 2002 campaign for governor of Vermont, then worked on Gov. Douglas' senior staff.  Deputy Associate Director in the Presidential Personnel Office, 2001-02.  Public relations manager at Validea.com, 2000.  Senior research analyst at RNC, 1999-early 2000.  Research associate at the National Journal Group.  Junior research analyst at the RNC, 1998.  Bachelor's degree in political science (CLEG) from American University, 1998.

Note: Barnett took on the campaign manager after  the initial camapign Ryan Reynolds was ousted in September.


Ben Jealous:  Travis Tazelaar
...Spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, 2013.  Campaign manager on Educating Maryland Kids, the Maryland DREAM Act on the Nov. 2012 ballot.  Managed Mayor Rawlings-Blake's 2011 re-election.  Executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, 2009-10.  Managed Baltimore City Councilman Edward L. Reisinger's re-election campaign in 2007.  In 2006 worked for Mayor Martin O’Malley's gubernatorial campaign and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's U.S. Senate campaign.  Served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years.  Aquasco native.


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