Moore, the charismatic best-selling author sweeps into office as the darling of the Democratic party, notching endorsements from Obama, Biden and Oprah Winfrey–amid whispers of a potential White House run.
Maryland Democrats, shut out of the governor’s mansion the last eight years, have swept back into power and in the process broke the color barrier by electing the state’s first ever Black chief executive.
Wes Moore, a charismatic best-selling author and former head of the anti-poverty organization Robin Hood, becomes only the third Black elected governor in this nation’s history.
His victory provides one of the few bright spots for a party already girding itself against the big losses in the House — and the potential loss of the Senate, too, once all the votes are tallied nationwide.
Democrats were keen on taking back Maryland and Massachusetts — two deep-blue states headed by popular Republican governors who were not on the ballot this year. Massachusetts’s Charlie Baker decided against seeking a third term and term limits barred Maryland’s Larry Hogan from running again.Moore joins only Douglas Wilder of Virginia and Deval Patrick as the only Black governors elected in this nation’s 246-year history.