Two charts explain why Anthony Brown lost

by Karen Mawdsley, Beena Raghavendran, Teddy Amenabar, and Morgan Fecto
Capital News Service

Why did Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown lose the Maryland governor’s race to Republican Larry Hogan on Tuesday in a stunning upset?

One big reason: Hogan had a very strong showing in traditionally Republican-leaning counties, significantly outperforming Republican Bob Ehrlich’s vote totals in his failed campaign against Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2010.

Another big reason: huge numbers of voters in traditionally Democratic strongholds like Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Baltimore City stayed home. Four years ago, those voters showed up to re-elect O’Malley.

These two charts tell the story.

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Morgan Fecto
Morgan Fecto is a graduate of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at UMD. She currently manages the "We Are Takoma" event series with the City of Takoma Park. Follow her on Twitter @MorganFecto.